Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on:
- Disrupting Bias in Feedback
- Thriving on the Technical Leadership Path
- Tackling the Challenges of Remote Work
- Two Modes of Thinking
- How We Run Hack Week on a Remote Team.
Disrupting Bias in Feedback
Jill Wetzler (@JillWetzler), Head of Engineering at Pilot, offers a list of common patterns of bias, such as “Prove It Again” and “The Tightrope,” and offers tactical approaches to disrupt each.
Managing From Afar: How This Engineering Manager Tackles the Challenges of Remote Work
Remote work provides the advantage of drawing from a broad, diverse talent pool but it can also exacerbate existing communication issues. Here's Nassim Kammah (@kepioo), Sr. Engineering Manager at Elastic, on how to eliminate the friction involved in remote and distributed work.
Thriving on the Technical Leadership Path
Keavy McMinn (@keavy), Senior Principal Engineer at Fastly, sheds light on some of the obstacles ICs can face along the technical leadership path, and offers a list of types of strategic work that senior ICs do. A helpful piece for both ICs and companies looking to build out their technical leadership career paths.
Focused and Diffuse: Two Modes of Thinking
There’s been lots written about “flow states” and how to get into those deeply focused sessions at work, but what of the way our minds are working when we’re not deeply focused and are instead gazing out or mind-wandering? We might feel guilty when we’re in “diffuse” mode at work, like we’re taking a break, but this post offers a counterpoint: “it’s a necessary part of creating something valuable… We master the details in focused mode, then comprehend how everything fits together in diffuse mode. It’s about combining creativity with execution.”
How We Run Hack Week on a Remote Team
Marcus Wermuth (@mwermuth), Mobile Lead at Buffer, outlines how they run remote hackathons and explains how they’ve improved the process over time.
5 keys to successful organizational design
How do you create an organization that is nimble, flexible and takes a fresh view of team structure? These are the keys to creating and maintaining a successful business that will last the test of time.Read more
Why your best tech talent quits
Your best developers and IT pros receive recruiting offers in their InMail and inboxes daily. Because the competition for the top tech talent is so fierce, how do you keep your best employees in house?Read more
Technology in 2025: Prepare your workforce
The key to surviving this new industrial revolution is leading it. That requires two key elements of agile businesses: awareness of disruptive technology and a plan to develop talent that can make the most of it.Read more