Things Great Engineering Managers Do
April 20, 2015
- Reacts quickly, and decisively.
- Has a leadership philosophy. Has thought about it, a lot. Can speak at length about it.
- Is passionate about engineering. Is passionate about management. Understands the intersection of the two.
- When there is a problem, fixes it quickly.
- Cares about women being in tech. (Also see diversity.)
- Understands the engineering hierarchy, who does what, and why.
- Time manages like a boss.
- Knows what an effective team size is (seven, plus or minus three)
- Values the 1x1, knows how to make them effective. Never skips them.
- Understands the difference between leadership and management.
- Knows how to hire well.
- Understands the culture of the company, and how to influence it.
- Knows that bored engineers quit.
- Exceedingly technical; knows when engineers are bullshitting them.
- Knows what every engineer of theirs is doing at any given time.
- Communicates extremely well, verbally, and via the Interwebs.
- Knows when to use which communication method.
- Delegates effectively.
- Thinks diversity is important. Knows organizations are more effective because of it.
- Values data-driven decisions.
- Always looks at the big picture.
- Keeps up to date, is always knowledgeable on the latest tech.
- Writes code for fun.
- Ultra-responsive to employees.
- Maintains relationships with other teams; ensures multi-team communication is effective.
- Coaches engineers.
- Says “no” for their team; knows their team’s capacity.
- Shields engineers from noise that may distract them from their job.
- Very transparent in decisions, company info, and the future.
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