"Good Process is Evolved, Not Designed" in 97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know

December 20, 2019. Filed under management 111writing 31

Earier in the year, I got the chance to contribute an article to Camille Fournier's latest book, 97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know, and jumped at the change to write something.

Mailbag: When your team wants your job, personal brand, and service registries.

December 9, 2019. Filed under management 111mailbag 2

Thanksgiving week started well, and then took a hard pivot towards influenza, which meant that I haven’t had much energy to write or think over the past bit. I did get a handful of interesting questions emailed in though, so I figured I’d do an email grab bag of three anonymized questions that came in over the past week and an answer to each.

"How to successfully design organizational processes"

November 23, 2019. Filed under management 111speaking 5talks 3

The first pierce I wrote in 2019 was about good process being evolved rather than designed in a one-off fashion, which served as the basis for a talk I gave at SFELC's January 2019 conference.

"Do engineering managers need to be technical?" in Increment.

November 22, 2019. Filed under management 111writing 31increment 2

The most recent issue of Increment came out, focusing on Teams, and I'm excited to get to cross the chasm and move from playing a small role in the founding of Increment to contributing a piece on whether engineering managers need to be technical.

You only learn when you reflect.

November 14, 2019. Filed under management 111career 13

Early in your career, the majority of problems you work on are difficult because they are _new_ for _you_. You’ve never done it before, and it’s challenging to do good work on problems you’ve never encountered before. However, the good news is that there are other folks on your team who’ve done it before and are already experienced with its in’s and out’s.