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Branding Strategy for Engineering

Ilya Kozlov, VP of Engineering at Taxfix, explains the importance of having a brand strategy for engineering and details points to reflect upon when building one from scratch.

Company Culture
Hiring
EM
Ilya Kozlov

Ilya Kozlov

VP of Engineering at Taxfix

Layoffs Due to Financial Constraints

Ilya Kozlov, VP of Engineering at Taxfix, was in a situation where the company he was working for faced financial hardships. They decided to cut costs by laying off individuals, which meant cutting his workforce in half. He explains his process for how he managed to let individuals go.

Firing
Impact
EM
Ilya Kozlov

Ilya Kozlov

VP of Engineering at Taxfix

Team Kickoff Exercises

Ilya Kozlov, VP of Engineering at Taxfix, has launched 10 teams using this framework of exercises for team kickoffs and relaunches, and has found quality performance from teams following his off-site events.

Onboarding
Building a Team
Motivation
Reorganization
EM
Ilya Kozlov

Ilya Kozlov

VP of Engineering at Taxfix

Where is your True North Star?
2 April

Nicolas Bonnet, former Head of Product and Data Science at Branch, suggests establishing OKRs and goals for your team that are aligned with the value of the product as perceived by the user.

OKR
Product
Sharing the vision
Prioritization
PM
Nicolas Bonnet

Nicolas Bonnet

Sr Director of Analytics at Audodesk

Proactive Alerting System
2 April

Nicolas Bonnet, Former Head of Product and Data Science at Branch, explains why and how he built a system that allows the product team to be aware of problems before the customer does.

Prioritization
Data team
Users Feedback
PM
Nicolas Bonnet

Nicolas Bonnet

Sr Director of Analytics at Audodesk

Pitch Me on Why You Want to be a Manager
2 April

Adam Surak, Director of Infrastructure and Security at Algolia, mandates that individuals contributors sell him on their decision to pursue management and what he’s looking for in the answers that they give.

Career Path
EM
Adam Surak

Adam Surak

Director of Infrastructure & Security at Algolia

Implementing a Rotation for Operations Toil
2 April

Adam Surak, Director of Infrastructure and Security at Algolia, discusses the constraints his team had in addressing operations toil and how he mapped out a solution that led to autonomy and accountability.

Scaling Team
Prioritization
Delegate
Motivation
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Adam Surak

Adam Surak

Director of Infrastructure & Security at Algolia

Using Coaching and Other Resources to Be Prepared for Leadership Challenges
1 April

Ian Langworth, CTO at Wilbur Labs, has had some defining moments in his career, and many of them have come as he utilized the resources around him. Without support, your career and personal growth may not grow at your desired pace. From an executive coach to books, Ian happily speaks on the value that these things can provide based on his transformational experiences with them.

Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Leadership
Personal growth
PM
EM
Ian Langworth

Ian Langworth

CTO at Wilbur Labs

Growing, Learning, and Teaching as an Engineering Leader
1 April

Ian Langworth, CTO at Wilbur Labs, utilizes his tech industry experience and exposure to help other founders and individuals with less familiarity solve problems and challenges they have faced or will face. Though he does not consider himself a thought leader, he understands that everyone has a level of value they can provide to the world. He happily shares this by getting involved in different communities. In this story, he discusses going from an engineer to a founder to helping people in online communities to assisting another founder in hiring an engineer for the first time.

Leadership
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Personal growth
Impact
PM
EM
Ian Langworth

Ian Langworth

CTO at Wilbur Labs

Creating Startup Product Feature Processes During Market Expansion
1 April

Satendra Pratap, Founder of WakeupBasket, talks about the need to create a product feature process as the company expands into new markets with new demands.

Changing company
Product Team
Product
Scaling Team
Users Feedback
Internal Communication
Reorganization
PM
EM
Satendra Pratap

Satendra Pratap

Vice President at DailyNinja

Focusing Engineers on KPIs Versus Short Term Fixes
1 April

Chris Rude, Senior Engineering Manager at Stripe, talks about focusing engineers on core KPIs over the feeling of being a ‘hero’ and fixing ad-hoc problems.

High Performers
Managing Expectations
Building a Team
Handling Promotion
Personal growth
Company Culture
Productivity
Convincing
Product Team
EM
Chris Rude

Chris Rude

Senior Engineering Manager at Stripe

Tracking Engineer Time To Allocate Engineering Teams Better
1 April

Chris Rude, Senior Engineering Manager at Stripe, talks about some techniques to restore sanity, and get on the path to sanity if your team is overloaded with more “must-haves” than you can handle.

Managing Expectations
Productivity
Internal Communication
Dev Processes
Product
Product Team
Roadmap
EM
Chris Rude

Chris Rude

Senior Engineering Manager at Stripe

How Metrics Can Help to “Disagree and Commit”
31 March

Matt Nemenman, Director of Engineering at Lyft, shares how he relied on data to introduce strategic changes that challenged the company status quo.

Company Culture
Leadership
Productivity
Reorganization
Sharing the vision
EM
Matt Nemenman

Matt Nemenman

Director of Engineering at Lyft

Designing the Performance Review Process for a Startup
31 March

Matt Nemenman, Director of Engineering at Lyft, shares his experience of designing the performance review process accentuating the importance of frequency and giving feedback.

Managing Expectations
Salary / Work Conditions
Leadership
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Personal growth
EM
Matt Nemenman

Matt Nemenman

Director of Engineering at Lyft

Roadmapping OKRs
31 March

Benny Wong, CTO at Spin explains the importance of working on roadmaps and OKRs hand in hand as opposed to separate entities.

OKR
Internal Communication
Convincing
Roadmap
PM
EM
Benny Wong

Benny Wong

CTO at Spin

Writing Code Across Multiple Platforms
31 March

Android and IOS have been competing on different wavelengths and codes since the beginning of their existence. Benny Wong, CTO at Spin highlights a learning he was able to bring from one startup to another which revolutionized the way his engineers work on code for the two platforms.

Scaling Team
Impact
Sharing the vision
Productivity
PM
EM
Benny Wong

Benny Wong

CTO at Spin

The Importance of Time Management When Hiring
31 March

James Fountain, CTO at Vettery, emphasizes the importance of effective time management during the hiring process and how it speaks volumes about a company itself.

Hiring
PM
EM
Jimmy Fountain

Jimmy Fountain

CTO at Vettery

What Is the Right Time to Introduce a Coding Test
31 March

James Fountain, CTO at Vettery, explains what is the right time to introduce a coding test, factoring in the size of a company and its specific needs.

Hiring
PM
EM
Jimmy Fountain

Jimmy Fountain

CTO at Vettery

First Principles of a Successful Product-Led Growth Strategy
31 March

Mario Araujo, Product Growth at OutSystems, builds upon the philosophical teaching on the first principles to develop his unique approach to a successful product-led growth strategy.

Product
Collaboration
Productivity
Impact
PM
Mario Araujo

Mario Araujo

Product Growth at OutSystems

Applying Agile to Data Science Teams
31 March

Jason Fama, VP of Engineering and Head of Innovation Lab, shares his experience of introducing Agile to data science teams emphasizing some of the benefits it brings.

Agile / Scrum
Team processes
Data team
PM
EM
Jason Fama

Jason Fama

VP of Engineering at Talkdesk

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