November 26, 2012 One of the most destructive ideas is that you can dig out of a hole by doing what you're already doing, but doing it harder. This doesn't work, but it does breed and kill your heroes, and alienate everyone else.
November 5, 2012 When things get bad, people start complaining about percieved social hierarchies. Few things piss off the already angry engineer like knowing they're less important than an architect.
February 9, 2014 In management we often find ourselves balancing the freedoms of the few against the freedoms of the many. This is, as you might imagine, a tricky business.
October 29, 2012 Once again we're experimenting with a paper reading group for our engineering team, this time with more success than previously, albeit in an unintended direction.
August 25, 2012 Sometimes working in middle management feels like being trapped purgatory between making policy and making software. Tom DeMarco's Slack paints a much rosier picture.
March 4, 2017 It's performance review season, which is a great time to review Camille Fournier's discussion of how individual contributors get stuck, and also a good time for me to write up a few ideas about how engineering managers can get stuck as well.
September 27, 2015 Engineering management is a giant field, typically practiced by those with no training and little experience. One of the first and largest challenges for new engineering managers is figuring out why engineering managers exist at all, and how they can add value, and this post talks about the most important values you can add value to your team and company.
June 10, 2016 Interviewing fills many with a sense of dread, but as an industry I think we are incrementally moving in the right direction. Here are some steps towards a humane interview process.
May 29, 2016 We often talk about individuals getting burned out by their work, but for large projects, entire teams burn out as well. Here are some ideas around healing a burned out team.
October 1, 2016 When did you last take a vacation? We spend so much time focused on recruiting new talent that we often forget to focus on rention, and ensuring our teams take vacations are one of the most important retention strategies we have.
November 1, 2016 So often we try to further our managerial careers by increasing the size of our teams, but increasingly I think that's the slowest way to grow yourself and your career.