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Tools for operating a growing organization.

November 18, 2017 As your team or organization grows, you'll need to design and rollout new layers of tools and processes to support their success. This article takes a look at some of the tools that I've found useful in operating engineering teams.

Running an engineering reorg

March 17, 2017 Along with slow technical migrations, I believe reorganizations are the second largest activity which cause quickly growing companies to slow down. Here is a framework for running an engineering reorg effectively.

Partnering with your manager

March 13, 2017 For me, learning to partner with your manager has been one of the hardest skills both as a manager and an engineer. A few simple ideas on making that easier.

Infrastructure between cost center and ego trip

March 5, 2017 Planning the work for infrastructure engineering organization can be a challenge, in part due to a lack of clarity around what such an organization contributes value to the company it operates within. I have thoughts, and a simple thinking aid, for that.

Ways Engineering Managers Get Stuck

March 3, 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.