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Michael Rice

Hey Doug, awesome - thanks for taking a minute to write this up.

The tech lead role is truly a hard one to define and you've surveyed some of the more important facets of it. I like to explain that the tech lead role basically COULD pick up on every single task from the engineering manager's task list AS WELL AS every task from individual contributors' task list. It could be formally designated or informally.

What an individual tech lead ultimately ends up doing day to day from that impossibly long to do list depends, ultimately, on the needs of engineering management, the team, the product, and the context. So tech leads need to be flexible, to say the least.

Any you're right--it's a terribly hard role for most!