Organizing team offsites.

September 8, 2019. Filed under management 89

Last week, the team I support had our quarterly offsite. I’ve been running team offsites more and more frequently over the past few years, and have finally been able to nail down an approach that consistently feels like an essential, effective use of time.

Fostering program engagement.

June 26, 2019. Filed under management 89org-programs 2

Some of my favorite pieces to write are those that end up being interesting to a pretty small audience, but tap into a central nerve for that small audience. So far, 'Programs: tips for owning the unownable, has been in that category.' Most folks don't engage much with leading programs, but folks who are have feelings and thoughts.

Programs: tips for owning the unownable.

June 25, 2019. Filed under management 89org-programs 2

An important tenet of organizational design is minimizing cross-team coordination to achieve your goals. Teams that can move with little cross-team coordination finish projects while others are still ratifying their implementation proposal.

Path to engineering manager of managers.

June 15, 2019. Filed under management 89career 8

Once your company gets large enough to roll out a formal career ladder, it becomes the foundation of most discussions about performance and promotion. All ladders have certain requirements that have to be met in order to advance, but typically the resources required to fulfill thoes requirements aren't scarce. As you get more senior, scarcity starts to creep in.

Privilege's upward-facing window.

June 1, 2019. Filed under management 89inclusion 3

Somewhat recently there was a controversial Twitter thread that defined which universities had computer science graduates worth hiring, and the hirable percentage from those universities. The best ranked universities were small, famous and expensive. Quite a few folks reacted against this perspective’s bias and privilege, at least as many chimed in to confirm the claims.