Great Managers Empower Through Intrinsic Motivation – A Conversation With the Founder of CTO Connection

Gitprime

GitPrime elevates engineering leadership with objective data. In this interview series, Engineering Leaders talk about how to build high performing teams. Engineering teams are a creature apart from other teams in an organization. It’s no surprise, then, that managing them requires a different approach than other kinds of teams. Rather, the best practices that we’re building in engineering management transfer very well to engineers from other knowledge workers.

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How to build confidence as an engineer: an interview with Rob Zuber, CircleCI CTO

CircleCI

In this series, we pulled aside folks from across our engineering department to talk about confidence. In this interview, we spoke to CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber. What does having confidence as an engineer mean to you?

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Tech Leadership books

Apiumhub

Leading a technical team demands more than just management skills, but also technical prowess, and the ability to navigate the tech world. This unique mix of senior engineer plus agile manager doesn’t come easy or naturally for anyone.

25 Feb Cloudera Federal Forum in Tysons Corner: Amazing agenda filled with lessons learned and best practices

CTOvision

Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Director of Product Management, Cloudera. Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Informatica. Director of Product Management, Cloudera. Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera Eddie Garcia is chief security architect at Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management.

Best of Breed: How to Achieve ABAC Today!

CTOvision

Explore how to achieve Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC) from the best of breed access management vendors and industry experts Bob Gourley ( Cognitio ), Art Friedman (NSA) and Eugene Yu (DHS) at this unique event at the Spy Museum in Washington DC on March 14th. Art Friedman , Senior Strategist, Engineering Management Office, Information Assurance Directorate, will be presenting on recent developments relating to ABAC and the evolution of attribute assurance.

Attend the 6 Feb @Cloudera Federal Forum: For the Analyst, Data Scientist, #BigData Technologist in DC

CTOvision

8:45 AM Hadoop’s Impact on the Future of Data Management – Introduction of the Enterprise Data Hub. Eli Collins – Chief Technologist, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Matt Carroll – General Manager, 42Six, a CSC Company. Marshall – Deputy Program Manager, NSG Program Management Office, IT Service Directorate, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Sudhanshu Arora – Software Engineer, Cloudera.

Headcount goals, feature factories, and when to hire those mythical 10x people

Erik Bernhardsson

I don’t mean an engineer just hammering on the keyboard shipping code at light speed. But all managers try, when they set the salary of Alice to $110,000 and Bob to $115,000. So on some level, managers certainly believe they have some precise idea of the relative value of each engineer. Let’s dissect an classic management objective: headcount goals. Let’s say the CTO is absolutely adamant that they need to grow the engineering team by 2x in a year.

The Top Tech Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss in 2019

UruIT

As a CTO of UruIT, a nearshore development agency , I’ve seen first-hand how being a lifelong learner can lead to exciting opportunities for me and for my company. They provide the opportunity to receive expert guidance on managing technical teams and learn about best practices for hiring (and retaining) talented developers, engineers, and designers. If you’re a CTO, I highly recommend attending a conference for all of the above reasons. CTO Summit.

Use these metrics to get the most out of your engineering team

CircleCI

I’ve been leading software teams for more than 20 years and one thing I’ve learned about metrics is that leaders tend to put too much emphasis on engineering metrics alone, without considering the bigger picture. Morale metrics are probably the most overlooked metric category in engineering.

The Unvarnished Truth of being a Woman in Tech

Hacker Earth Developers Blog

In our fifth episode of Breaking 404 , we caught up with Monica Bajaj, Senior Director of Engineering, Workday to hear out the different biases that exist in tech roles across organizations and how difficult it can get for a woman to reach a senior position, especially in tech.

Headcount goals, feature factories, and when to hire those mythical 10x people

Erik Bernhardsson

I don’t mean an engineer just hammering on the keyboard shipping code at light speed. But all managers try, when they set the salary of Alice to $110,000 and Bob to $115,000. So on some level, managers certainly believe they have some precise idea of the relative value of each engineer. Let’s dissect an classic management objective: headcount goals. Let’s say the CTO is absolutely adamant that they need to grow the engineering team by 2x in a year.

How Buffer.com Develops Engineering Leadership Skills From Day 1 With Katie Womersley

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

There is an inherent difference between leaders and managers that is often overlooked. While most think that leaders are “born,” Katie Womersley, VP of Engineering at Buffer, disagrees. Leaders and managers both require skills that can be taught, and developing those employees from within the company can be the most timely and economically efficient way to do so. Leaders vs. Managers. Perception management and vulnerability. Katie’s journey into management.

Join Architects, Planners, Program Managers, Data Scientists at 4th Annual Cloudera Federal Forum in DC 25 Feb

CTOvision

Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Director of Product Management, Cloudera. Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera. Principal Product Marketing Manager, Informatica. Director of Product Management, Cloudera. Chief Security Architect, Office of the CTO, Cloudera Eddie Garcia is chief security architect at Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management.

Gorilla Logic Adds Custom Software Development Center in Medellín, Colombia

Gorilla Logic

This custom software development center extends our ability to fulfill what clients rely on Gorilla Logic for—delivery of high-stakes software solutions via teams of talented, sophisticated, and engaged Agile engineers that have the client’s best interest at heart. In addition to providing Gorilla-caliber* consultants, we place as much value on the talent and sophistication of the management team that supports our delivery. Gorilla Logic Transcends Borders.

Advice from 3 Engineering Leaders on Becoming a Manager of Managers

Gitprime

The transition to becoming a manager of managers requires an entirely new set of skills: hiring, onboarding, and coaching engineering managers are fundamentally different jobs than hiring, onboarding, and coaching engineers. Leading other managers becomes much more about guiding teams, communicating in terms of broad themes of work, and proactively calibrating with peers to stay connected and aligned. Director of Engineering at Intercom.

7 Key Capabilities of Automated Incident Management

xmatters

Automated incident management presents companies of all sizes and industries with a two-pronged challenge. It includes the CIO and CTO. Without clearly delegating which department owns what portion of incident management response, each team sends out its own alerts.

Metrics-driven engineering leadership: How to elevate the visibility of your distributed team

Netlify

It’s historically been the case that engineering operations are opaque to leaders, as well as the team members themselves. I gave a lightning talk at the Virtual CTO Summit in July in which I mapped out our approach to metrics.

How to build a team that demands metrics

CircleCI

I’m a three-time founder and four-time CTO, responsible for leading a 200+ member distributed engineering organization. A lot of engineering organizations try to rally entire departments around the same execution metrics.

If you want your engineers’ feedback on your stack, start a book club

CircleCI

15 engineers hop on an hour-long video call on a Friday afternoon. As it turns out, the engineers are all there to talk about… an article. Every month for the last year, engineers at CircleCI have met to discuss a new article, essay, or video on a hot topic in engineering as part of an engineering reading club (though the club began as a “book” club, like anything else in tech, it had to evolve to better meet the needs and constraints of its ‘users.’

Intercom’s Director of Engineering on Becoming a Manager of Managers

Gitprime

GitPrime elevates engineering leadership with objective data. In this interview series, Engineering Leaders talk about how to build high performing teams. Talk with any engineering manager who regrets leaving coding and you’ll understand that management is not for everyone. In fact, Rich Archbold, Senior Director of Engineering at Intercom, believes that managing others is a life’s work. “It’s It’s managing on purpose,” Archbold says. “If

Bjorn Freeman-Benson: Three Challenges of Distributed Teams

James Shore

Highlights of his career include heading up engineering at New Relic as it grew from 3 developers to 330; growing Invision from 60 developers to 350 as its CTO; working on VisualAge Smalltalk at OTI (Object Technology International); and coordinating the open-source Eclipse developers at the Eclipse Organization. Bjorn described three challenges for distributed teams: the n+1 management problem, the junior people problem, and the friction of communication problem.

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What it’s like to be a backend engineer at Netlify

Netlify

When we talk with engineering candidates, it’s pretty easy to explain what our frontend and Node.js But did you know that a big chunk of Netlify’s engineering team is in the backend? Team: Account Management. There are lots of experienced engineers to learn from.

Bjorn Freeman-Benson: Three Challenges of Distributed Teams

James Shore

Highlights of his career include heading up engineering at New Relic as it grew from 3 developers to 330; growing Invision from 60 developers to 350 as its CTO; working on VisualAge Smalltalk at OTI (Object Technology International); and coordinating the open-source Eclipse developers at the Eclipse Organization. Bjorn described three challenges for distributed teams: the n+1 management problem, the junior people problem, and the friction of communication problem.

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Putting the Emotion Into EQ with Etienne de Bruin

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Emotional intelligence is essential to good leadership, but many CTO’s stress the importance of IQ instead. To move from contributor to manager, it’s a good idea to invest the time to explore EQ, as well as personality profiles to better understand how to manage people. Managing expectations. I am a CTO type. Became a software developer, senior software engineer, engineering manager, and then CTO to a few companies. Episode 17.

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Scaling Technology and Organizations Together with Randy Shoup

Gitprime

But at scale, the quantity and size of the problems grow larger than a single manageable team can handle. asks Randy Shoup , the VP of Engineering at WeWork. Shoup himself has worked as an engineering leader with several companies of various sizes during periods of intense scaling over the last three decades. There’s one part of the organization that cares about customers, but maybe isn’t involved in engineering, and we call those people product or business.

Finding Your Balance with Camille Fournier

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Camille Fournier discuss some points from her book, The Manager’s Path. They discuss the importance of time management and how to effectively manage employee turnover in a leadership role. Episode 31. ?In

Netlify Milestones on the road to 1 Million Devs

Netlify

On Oct 26, 2015 Netlify Co-Founder Matt Biilmann wrote, “ We just made Netlify’s redirect engine smarter. On Aug 30, 2016 Netlify CTO David Calavera wrote, “ Today, we’re very excited to introduce our solution to these problems [manual CI and CD limitations], Deploy Previews.

Incident Review: Meta-Review, August 2020

Honeycomb

Our on-call engineer became aware of the issue when he was paged by an SLO burn alert. 8/3 – Query engine lambda startup failures : A code change was merged that prevented the lambda-based portion of our query engine from starting.

Lessons Learned on the Path to Managing with Amy Phillips and Aaron Randall

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

In this episode, we’re talking to Amy Phillips and Aaron Randall (CTO of Songkick) about the path from programmer to manager. On peers, managers, and building a support network. I’m Marcus and today I am so excited to have Amy Phillips and Aaron Randall with me today, and we are going to talk about the lessons we learned the hard way when we went from becoming a programmer to a manager. What did you do before you were a manager? Episode 15.

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How Failure Can Improve Your Team and Product

LaunchDarkly

Ben Woskow, Engineering Manager at LaunchDarkly, talked about why failures aren’t exclusively negative events. ” – Ben Woskow, Engineering Manager, LaunchDarkly. Well, I just got introduced, but my name’s Ben Woskow and for the past three months I’ve been an Engineering Manager at LaunchDarkly, managing all of our SDKs. Prior to that, I spent almost nine years at Atlassian managing most recently the Marketplace Team.

Rise of the Resilient Manager with Lara Hogan

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Are you a resilient manager? In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Lara Hogan discuss what it means to be a resilient manager. She will discuss some effective management skills and thought processes. New manager care packages @1:00?.

How to Handle Code Complexity in a Software Company

Code Simplicity

If a manager just says “simplify the code!” ” and leaves it at that, usually nothing happens, because (a) they’re not being specific enough, (b) they don’t necessarily have the knowledge required about each individual piece of code in order to be that specific, and (c) part of understanding the problem is actually going through the process of solving it, and the manager isn’t the person writing the solution. Often, this is a manager.

Two Tales

LaunchDarkly

Eric Pollman, CTO and co-founder of ClearBrain and one of the original SREs at Google, shared two stories. Given the theme of horror, wanted to really express how that, even in these kinds of situations no matter how cautious or clever we are as engineers, or as leaders of engineers these things are inevitable, and we can always learn from each other.” – Eric Pollman, CTO and co-founder of ClearBrain. It’s a mind-numbing array of API’s to manage.

Turnover: “It’s not me, it’s you”

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Managers can affect turnover. Unsatisfied with leadership of senior management. Marcus: All right, so in this survey, again it’s in the show notes, I want to walk through each of the six reasons why people leave and I want to tell you how you as a manager can absolutely affect that. Those are very important management tasks. I think as managers we have tremendous control in this one. How do we feel treated by management? Episode 28. ?Turnover

The Art of Leadership with Michael Lopp

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Managers tell you where you are, leaders tell you where you’re going. @31:55. He’s also the author of fantastic books such as, Managing Humans and a variety of other books, which is in its third edition is highly recommended, and was previously at Slack and lots of other companies.

How to build confidence as an engineer: an interview with Stig Brautaset, CircleCI Staff Software Engineer

CircleCI

In this series, we pulled aside folks from across our engineering department to talk about confidence. In this interview, we spoke to CircleCI Staff Software Engineer, Stig Brautaset. What’s your role and how long have you worked in engineering? I’m a Staff Software Engineer.

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Serverless Summer School: Class is in session!

Stackery

Eric is a tech industry veteran having worked as a CEO, Public Cloud Evangelist, Software Team Lead, and Engineer at companies like Rackspace, Showpitch, and The Active Network. Chase is the CTO and co-founder here at Stackery where he leads our engineering and product strategy. Prior to focusing on building a great serverless acceleration product, Chase was the VP of Engineering at Immunio, a Node.js

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The Art of Leadership with Michael Lopp

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Managers tell you where you are, leaders tell you where you’re going. @31:55. He’s also the author of fantastic books such as, Managing Humans and a variety of other books, which is in its third edition is highly recommended, and was previously at Slack and lots of other companies.

A New Leadership Model with Jason Wong

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

I think a lot of it is because management and leadership is a highly under invested in skill and practice in companies. Like the systems that are in place make it really difficult to focus on good leadership and management when the desired outcomes are 10X growth and all these sort of I guess important, urgent things that take over your day to day versus like some of the important, not urgent things that you know in the long run pay off. As a CTO you have a CEO as your boss.

Update: How CircleCI processes over 30 million builds per month

CircleCI

Engineers around the world at companies of all sizes trust us to run their tests and deploy their software. As CTO at CircleCI, I help make the big technical decisions and keep our teams happy and out of trouble. Before this, I was CTO of Copious, where I learned a lot of important lessons about tech in service of building a consumer marketplace. In the last year, we have seen tremendous growth on our engineering teams. So we use Kubernetes to manage the Nomad servers.