97 Things Every Engineering Manager should know Camille Fournier
Collective Wisdom from the ExpertsApril 05, 2021 - 255 words - 2 mins Found a typo? Edit me
The main takeaway
As a manager your work is to create clarity, clarity, and more clarity.
- As a manager, you need to fix your personal quirks.
- Consider doing experiments instead of making decisions.
- “Bad news test” - Given two tasks, which one would you rather be sharing bad news about? Delegate that task.
- On a struggling team, start by answering two questions:
- How do I create clarity?
- How do I create capacity?
- Ask for clarification.
- To give constructive feedback, pay attention to how the person gets stuck, sidetracked or sloppy.
- Management is not a promotion. It is a career change.
- Most of the dysfunctions come from some lack of clarity goal.
- For a fixed deadline, scope and quality are always negotiable.
- Emotional contagion is real.
- As a new manager, listen and understand before you try to change something.
- Good interview questions:
- What have you learned in the past six months?
- Tell me about the time when you failed and what you learned from that?
- Do you have the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
- Complains are good: they show that you are trusted.
Another blog post with way more detailed key insights: Danlebrero Blog ;)