Model, Document, and Share
Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on: Leadership, Career, Team Structure, Scaling, and Self-Review.
Will Larson, Head of Infrastructure Engineering at Stripe, says, “One of the trickiest, and most common, leadership scenarios is leading without authority, and I’ve written about one of the styles that I’ve found surprisingly effective in those conditions. I call it Model, Document, and Share.”
“Understand management because it shapes your system.” Osman Ahmed Osman, Head of Product Engineering at Quora, makes the case for understanding management even if you have no interest in following that path.
Kevin Goldsmith, VP of Engineering at AstrumU, breaks down how he led a successful re-organization at Avvo to allow people to self-select their teams. He says, “letting the people in your organization self-select into teams can be an active driver of engagement and autonomy.”
Alberto Betella, CTO – Health Moonshot at Alpha, shares helpful stories and advice on how to scale a company from the ground up to millions of users in a hyper-growth environment.
Here’s a list of questions you can use in your annual self-review from Katie Womersley, VP of Engineering at Buffer.
Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.
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