This guide is about how to make better decisions as a Manager or an Engineer, and understanding where to focus your limited time and attention. It has been shaped by my experience as an Engineering Manager at Square & SoundHound, and through various books that I have read on the subject.
My thoughts on how to help engineering teams write more maintainable software. Instead of just focussing on tools, we should also think about how code we write today affects engineers who look at it in the future.
After completing my second year of being a manager, I thought I would write up some of the things I’ve learned about Management. Consider this to be my personal guiding principles for management.
I have found that having good 1-1s is important to build a good relationship between a manager and their team. However, it is very easy to get sucked into having 1-1s where you only focus on the immediate priorities. The steps listed below are useful for putting priorities in perspective and taking a step back to look at overall goals and expectations of both people.