Becoming A Manager of Engineering Managers: What You Need To KnowBy Kelly Gallamore | Last modified on August 18, 2022
In October Charity Majors joined Ian Nowland [VP | Eng | Datadog] and Rich Archibold [Sr Dir | Eng | Intercom] in a live panel discussion for Gitprime. Hosted by Marcus Blankenship, Becoming a Manager of Engineering Managers covers key points about the differences between managing engineers and managing people who manage engineers. Each panelist describes how they
got into this mess in the first place made it to this point in their careers (SPOILER - it wasn’t the stereotypical direct, smooth path depicted on TV, for any of them.)
After each panelist shares how they became mangers of managers, Marcus walks them through:
- what it’s like to manage people who are most definitely more experienced
- how it differs from managing just one team
- how to give managers effective feedback
- and if it’s so goshdarn hard, why are you doing it in the first place?
Charity, Ian, and Rich give accessible points of view about ending up where they did not expect. In the webinar, Ian highlights into the importance of relationship capital in his role, how to earn it and how to use it wisely. Rich gifts us several actionable pointers and a magic formula for successfully managing managers. Charity offers a few twists on usual thinking that can pinpoint who will be a successful manager and who will fall flat.
Register to get Becoming a Manager of Engineering Managers on-demand. It’s a great commute listen for folks who are actively working their way up, and for folks who want to know if the people they report to are actually good managers. Thanks to Marcus for being an excellent host, and thanks to GitPrime for inviting us to participate with such knowledgeable guests.
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