On Being an Engineering Manager

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  • A manager should act as a buffer for his/her team.
  • A manager should be optimistic.
  • Priorities: company first, team second, individual third.
  • Must be able to context switch quickly
  • Say no.
  • Stay out of the critical path when coding. You don’t have as much context as your tea,.

  • “As a CTO, my default loop is ‘First, cycle through all my employees and make sure that I have equipped them to be happy and productive in their jobs. Second, find something to do. If possible, delegate it; if not, do it. Repeat.’“