Using a learning-themed retrospective to strengthen your team’s learning culture and reduce learning debt
Kristen Foster-Marks shares her experience of leading a learning-themed retrospective, which encouraged her team to reflect on their personal beliefs about learning and up-skilling, their team’s learning culture, and the ways in which these beliefs and culture can both encourage and discourage engagement in on-the-job learning and up-skilling activities.
Doing the right thing, better: How to lead with efficiency in mind
Lena Reinhard will help you change the way you think and operate, and will help you be the leader that your business and your team needs during this time of uncertainty.
Are we building engineering platforms using the right metrics?
Simone Casciaroli shares the HEAT metrics created while working at Babylon, how they helped create a successful Platform Product, what essential product decisions you need to make to help other teams strive and how they fit with other engineering metrics like DORA.
Leading from Incidents: How past incidents can be used to guide company decisions
Nora Jones will dive into how we can get the most out of incidents before they become our culture in a way we didn't intend.
Scaling yourself: Increasing your scope and impact as an engineering manager (without just working harder)
Alex Peattie talks about how to spend your most precious resource as an engineering manager: your time.
What to do after being laid off: Lessons on being my own CEO for a change
James Courtois shares his layoff experience. Recounting this, he shares some practical considerations and grounding thoughts that might be of use regardless of your employment situation.
Behind the curtain: Two sides of senior leadership
Leemay Nassery and Emily Samuels give you two perspectives! They share their experiences and challenges from both sides of the senior leadership coin: staff+ and senior management.
Technical Vision vs. Technical Strategy: The difference and why it matters
Jonathan Maltz digs into the nuts and bolts of setting a successful technical strategy. Startin by talking about the difference between technical vision and technical strategy.
What is tech policy and how you can get involved
Erica Greene discusses some of the big ongoing tech policy debates and walks through ways you can get involved in the policy world.
Combating the confidence gap: Case studies in tech recruiting
Maryam Jahanshahi discusses how studies of the confidence gap impact candidate pools based on millions of recruiting outcomes, describing three specific contexts where we've seen the confidence gap manifest.
How low (level) can you go
André Henry explores how an understanding of the low-level components of your systems can help you be that go-to engineer who solves those weird problems.
Lower your stress and your team's stress by being ready for turnover
John Young covers specific, actionable strategies to prepare for turnover - roles and responsibilities, documentation practices, anti-patterns to avoid, and even "chaos monkey" style games - that you can use immediately to make life better both for you and for your team.
How successful hackathons increase belonging, decrease anxiety and help people imagine new identities in tech
Dr Carol Lee shares an example of a successful internal hackathon at Pluralsight and how it impacts developer experience.
Brianna McCullough talks about how to structure compelling stories that lead to alignment, buy-in and most importantly belief from our stakeholders, partners, and more importantly our teams.
Good technical debt
Jon Thornton discusses how this framework was used to rapidly build and ship Squarespace's Email Campaigns product in less than 15 months. Along the way, you'll get several practical guidelines for how tech debt can supercharge your technical investments.
Concise and effective feedback: Applying the learnings of DORA4 to communication
David LaMothe discusses a model much like the DORA4 model, except instead of focusing on metrics like time to merge and rate of recovery, focusing on personally developed metrics for feedback that ensures he is giving it early and often.
The (updated) story of why we migrate to gRPC and how we go about it
Matthias Grüter addresses technical discussions of advanced gRPC concepts such as interceptors, load balancing, and traffic management and how they are essential in large distributed systems.
Moving quickly inside a large organization
Pablo Jablonski shares key learnings from building and shipping Spaces within Twitter, and how those learnings can be applied to any new team looking to move quickly within a larger organization.
Enabling the motivated: Facilitating role switches smoothly
Ben Clayman describes how an engineering lead can identify prospective team members, enable them to gain experience in the proposed role, and ultimately make the switch.
Terraform practices to enable infrastructure scaling
Hila Fish covers useful best practices, pitfalls to avoid and major obstacles to anticipate so that you can scale them across many teams, avoid refactoring, and get a flying start now -- AND optimize for the future.
Building healthier mission-focused organizations
Randall Koutnik talks about the three main categories of communication — pathological, bureaucratic and generative — and the important role they each play in a company's success and failure.
Everything is a migration: Putting evolutionary architecture into practice
Jason Blanchard explores the idea that we can model and de-risk change by thinking of everything as a migration from a current state to a desired state and what that means for our architecture and teams
Security from scratch
Eleanor Saitta tells you as much as possible in 30 minutes about what you do need to worry about, when you need to worry about it, how you can fix it, and what you don't need to worry about — yet.
Leading as an engineering manager
Francisco Trindade discusses how to achieve a balance between being proactive enough to drive positive change while avoiding micromanaging by using systemic thinking and talking about how an EM can be a positive leader for their team.
Setting up your team for success during your extended absence
Nisarga Markandaiah shares the things you can do to ensure success for your team while you are away, as more and more companies offer longer than before parental leaves or sabbaticals.
Let them learn! How to nurture great software engineers
Clare Sudbery shares some of the principles and techniques we used to help Made Tech build a highly successful and effective training programme.
How to kill your team’s product
Elliot Sanchez shares how the mistakes made early in his career as a manager helped prepare him to handle a terrible situation in a way that stayed consistent with our values and got the members of his team to the best, most empathetic outcome we could hope for.
Making the manager of manager's mindset
Suzan Bond covers the difference between the two roles and the key mindset shifts leaders need to make to manage managers.