I’m in this book Living By the Code, talking about engineering management. Ray helpfully pulled out some of his highlights from my interview:
1) Keeping a team productive
I loved the section where you talked about orienting the entire team toward continuously delivering use value. It sounds so simple when you say it, but it’s so easy to lose sight of this in the day-to-day!
2) On building trust
The section where you talked about being a decent person and showing up to build trust also resonated with me. God knows how many mistakes I’ve made over the years, but I think generally trying to treat people right is what gets me through it. :] It also reminded me of something I read recently in Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, about how building trust is like filling a jar with marbles, one marble at a time.
3) Weekly notes
I also really like how you write up weekly notes so your team is aware of what you’re focusing on, and using that as an opportunity to reflect and plan for most impact. I want to try this myself sometime.
I have a couple of books for friends and family, but Ray also kindly gave some extras for people from under-indexed groups. If you fall under either of these categories, I’d love to send you a copy! Either DM me on Twitter or email me and I’ll send you a copy.