From Peacetime To Wartime
tl;dr: Despite Ed not liking the war parallel, that's the feeling of everyone's current situation. It's critical for managers to get the "support you need, invest in self-care, and making the time to think." Trust between you and your reports will be a defining factors.
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Being VP Of Engineering Is Harder Than Being CEO
tl;dr: "Even in good companies with good culture, there is not a strong desire from either side to understand the other. " Hence a strong VP is a great translator between the worlds of engineering and business.
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Maximize Your Team. How I Created An Engineering Roadmap
tl;dr: John outlines 5 goals for this roadmap (1) create a long term focus for the team (2) evaluate the teams previous efforts (3) create visibility into what the team is focusing on (4) make planning and workload easier to time box and schedule (5) collaborate with other teams and the business needs to prioritize.
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A Framework For Making Smarter Decisions And Fewer Errors
tl;dr: A guide on decision making. The key is not to fall into old habits & having an inter-disciplinary perspective. There are several concepts we can leverage - inversion, second order thinking and the map is not the territory.
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On Drafting An Engineering Strategy
tl;dr: Mathias' strategy outlines (1) the engineering team’s mission & how it relates to the business (2) seven objectives that steer larger technical decisions & (3) the process improvements to help the engineering team support the business better.
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The Wall Of Technical Debt
tl;dr: "The Wall of Technical Debt is a surface in your office where you visualize your tech debt on sticky notes. It has a profound impact on how we choose to add, reduce, pay back, or ignore debt."
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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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The Importance Of Design Patterns When Leading Large Teams
tl;dr: Guiding multiple teams toward a single goal is difficult. Here’s how software design patterns can encourage open lines of communication, make alignment possible, and help those teams thrive.
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