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Staff roles can be “odd shapes” when viewed from any particular angle: our leaders, our cross-functional peers, and other engineers will be aware of certain aspects of our work, but may be unaware of others.

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This makes it difficult both to be a good influence – modeling behaviors and approaches for aspiring engineers – and to manage expectations around our roles.

In this talk, I explain why it’s valuable to show our work as Staff engineers. I offer concrete ways to behave transparently and give examples of how each has helped me and my colleagues.