Success in engineering leadership is not easy to define.
The journey of an engineering leader is a rocky one, where you have to navigate the ups and downs of building a company and growing a team while delivering impact to your end-users.
A few months ago, Eiso Kant and Jason Warner started a podcast for Engineering Leaders called Developing Leadership. Almost 20 episodes in, and the lessons shared by our guests have been invaluable to our listeners.
Building high-performance teams, creating a company culture that scales, and why your software delivery pipeline shouldn’t stop with engineering, here are 10 lessons from the Engineering Leaders we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to.
For more context on these 10 lessons, you can read the full post on our blog.
1. Engineering, Product and Design need to work together.
🚀 Jonathan Nolen, VP of Engineering at LaunchDarkly
2. Engineering Leadership is all about people. Technology is secondary.
🚀 Anton Drukh, Tech Executive Mentor, and former VP of Engineering at Snyk
3. If you want to build a high-performance team, organization, and culture, you need to start with yourself.
🚀 Sam Lambert, CEO of PlanetScale
4. Your Software Delivery Pipeline shouldn’t stop with engineering.
🚀 Wade Arnold, Co-Founder & CEO of Moov Financial
5. Focus on removing the biggest blockers to your success.
🚀 Emil Eifrem, Co-Founder & CEO of Neo4j
6. People don’t want to receive corrective feedback, but if you don’t give it they will get frustrated with you.
🚀 Katie Wilde, VP of Engineering of Ambassador Labs
7. Want to be a better leader? Write more.
🚀 Michael Lopp, aka Rands in Repose
8. You should probably be spending more time recruiting.
🚀 Erik Bernhardsson, Founder of Modal Labs and former CTO of better.com
9. Culture is the most important thing to get right early on.
🚀 Sam Alba, Co-Founder of Dagger and former VP of Engineering at Docker
10. Make sure your people are comfortable, delivering and that there’s a strong purpose to what they do, or they will leave.
🚀 Nuno Antunes, Senior Director of Engineering at Datadog
Make sure you check out the full blog post to get the full context for these advice tidbits, and listen to the podcast for the full interviews!
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