High Output Management For (Non-Managing) Tech Leads
tl;dr: Andrew applies concept from Andy Grove's management textbook to tech leads covering various topics such as output observability, different types of leverage and meetings, and making decisions.
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Your First 90 Days As CTO Or VP Engineering
tl;dr: Covers the following areas - priorities and goals, making the right system changes, tasks for the first 90 days, learning and building trust, building a support system, organizational health and process, hiring, execution & technology.
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The Crucible Of Leadership
tl;dr: Leaders are often created through a "rite of passage," a moment coined the crucible. "The magic, the alchemy, occurs when what we do mixes with who we are and is cooked by the heat of what we believe." Unpacking that, knowing who you are is critical to leadership.
featured in #169
Engineering Management For Early Stage Startups (2018)
tl;dr: Former CTO at Product Hunt discussed what he learnt from 4 years as a manager at the company - (1) Treat your org like software (2) Treat people like capable adults (3) Every problem is ultimately your fault.
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Three Types of Risk: Making Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty
tl;dr: (1) Fatal risks kill the company (2) Painful risks lose talent (3) Embarrassment risks have no repercussions. The 2nd & 3rd are reversible decisions & leaders should take more of them, communicating to teams what happens if they don't pan out beforehand. The article explains why.
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Working Together When We’re Not Together
tl;dr: Distributed teams perform as well as in-person teams. However, there are issues in building connections and syncing schedules. Three recommendations - forge connections, spend time getting to know each other & set scheduling boundaries.
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Defining a Distinguished Engineer
tl;dr: This article creates a framework for a distinguished engineer - she's a technical leader understanding all aspects of the system, picks up new concepts easily, values learning, empowers others, gives constructive criticism, engages with the outside community to learn & not be siloed.
featured in #134