Joining Calm.

January 21, 2020. Filed under career 13calm 1

Today is a particularly exciting day because I can finally stop telling folks that I’m joining a new role, and instead say that I’ve started a new role, and in particular that I’ve joined Calm to serve as their CTO. I’ve written a few words here, will update my Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, and then it’s time to get to work on my first ninety days.

Some rough notes on running learning circles.

January 18, 2020. Filed under management 110

I’m experimenting with putting together a couple of learning circles, and someone who wants to run a similar program within their company reached out for advice on structuring groups for success. I’ve organized a couple and participated in a couple others, but honestly I don’t think I have a great handle on best practices here, but I’ll jot down what I’ve learned nonetheless as a reusable, referenceable artifact.

How to build your company's engineering brand.

January 16, 2020. Filed under management 110

If you end up working in an engineering team that wants to accelerate hiring, at some point you’ll hear the dreaded statement, “We need to grow our eng brand.” The method to accomplish that aim isn’t always clear, but the goal: what can we do so that candidates enter our process thinking highly of our engineering efforts?

More great memos.

January 14, 2020. Filed under memos 1

I spent some time a few months ago reading @sriramk's list of great memos, and tweeted some of the ones I particularly enjoyed. Someone privately pointed out to me that the authors I'd tweeted were all men. I was disappointed that I hadn't noticed that earlier myself, and decided to spend some time exploring for great memos written by a more diverse cohort of authors.

Your first 90 days as CTO or VP Engineering.

January 13, 2020. Filed under management 110cto 1

Whenever I transition to a new opportunity, I think about how to “start well.” How can I ramp up as effectively as possible? How do I balance the urge to “show value” immediately with making the right decisions?