Categories
management

Energy Management Exercise

My Energy Management for Newer Managers post has been turned into an exercise on Yerbo. You can find it here.

Categories
management

Business Insider piece on Remote Work

I’m in Business Insider talking about remote work, the article is paywalled [link].

Categories
management

Escaping The House Elf Management Trap

I would love to find a new name for this, now that JK Rowling is cancelled, but in the Harry Potter books, house elves are powerful magical beings, who are condemned to (mostly invisible) servitude, largely of people who would uphold harmful power structures (much like JK Rowling herself). The tragedy of the house elf […]

Categories
Career management

7 Suggestions for Writing a Good Self Review

Originnally shared internally and lightly edited for external readability. Note that this comes from a context where the self review is not part of the promotion packet so focuses on it as a tool to help the manager put together the review. Goal of a self review: Time to reflect and clarify what you’ve achieved […]

Categories
management

Meta Problems and Where to Find Them

Meta-problem (n): root cause issues of a collection of symptom problems. One of the things I do as an engineering director, is live in the realm of the meta problem. The thing that is behind the problems that people are talking about. For instance, a meta problem of an individualistic mindset on the team might […]

Categories
management

The Anatomy of a 1:1

Broadly speaking, my overarching agenda for any 1:1 is as follows: It starts with the checkin, “how’s it going?”, an open ended question that some people respond with a status update, and some do not. The important thing is what comes next – finding out how the person feels. Sometimes a status update is useful […]

Categories
management

Energy Management for Newer Managers

When I coach new managers, or transition ICs into management, one of the key struggles initially (which I also remember myself) is overwhelm. For some, this ends up in exhaustion, and those are the people who often switch back onto the IC path – they find management unsustainable at that time (some return to it […]

Categories
Career management

LeadTime – How teams work: DuckDuckGo’s engineering team

I did an interview with Range, talking about how the fully distributed teams I lead at DuckDuckGo work. Read it here

Categories
management

Low Process Culture, High Process Culture

When I changed jobs in 2020, I went from a low-process culture to a high-process culture (or: what I perceive as high-process, all things are relative). It was a bit of a culture shock. The process stressed me out. For instance, my previous job did not have performance review. You were supposed to submit feedback […]

Categories
management Presentation

Talk: The Culture of Process

I recorded this talk for the previous round of LeadDev Together. You can access it here (requires signup). All the penguin imagery in this talk are photos my mom took in Antarctica.