When to hire a head of engineering and what to look for
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This week features posts on: Leadership, Hiring, Product, Career, and Culture.
Jason Wong, formerly Senior Director of Engineering at Blink Health, breaks down the “Chaleff model” to explain the four styles of followers. He also explains how to use the model in a day-to-day leadership role.
Mathilde Collin, Co-Founder and CEO at Front, offers a short list of attributes “that all founders should look for in their first head of engineering,” and describes some of the signs that it may be time to start recruiting.
“Products are easier to reason about when you think of them as functions.” Ryan Singer, Head of Product Strategy at Basecamp, shares a framework that will help you think about what happens before and after a customer uses a product.
Cindy Sridharan’s brief and thoughtful piece on “lessons learned” is peppered with sage advice. The first lesson on her list: “Momentum can prove to be the remedy that cures nearly all ills. Or as a friend put it, ‘winning feels good’.”
“Simply having transparency as a value isn’t enough.” In this article, James Everingham details the systematic approach that Instagram took to fix its transparency dilemma — while scaling engineering from 100 to over 600 people.
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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