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Engineering Leader’s blog

Learn from some of the most accomplished engineering leaders. This blog brings you key insights from fellow engineering managers and tech leaders to level-up your management skills and to take your developer team to the next level.

How to Win Your First 100 Days as an Engineering Leader at a New Company

by Gábor Zöld / March 25, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #12 You're moving to a new company as an engineering leader? You're just assuming the role for the first time? You've been at it for a while and wondering if you're doing all right? Check out this interview with Steven McCord, Senior Vice President of Technology at WhyHotel, where he shares his best tips and tricks on how to get started as an engineering leader, and become successful at it over your first 100 days.
Software Development Trends 2020: Latest Research and Data

by Gábor Zöld / March 18, 2020

State of Software Development 2020 report

Level-up Engineering Podcast #13

Software development trends come and go rapidly. A tool or framework used today might be obsolete tomorrow. We take a snapshot of the industry every year, to see how it has evolved, and make an educated guess as to where it’s headed.

The 2020 report gives you the data you need to benchmark your activities against other survey participants, get insight from others walking in your shoes to improve your developer team and keep up with the industry.

Engineering Culture: The Secret Behind Monzo’s Developer Magnet

by Gábor Zöld / March 4, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #11

Building your engineering culture is a delicate process with little proven know-how going around on it. In this interview we're giving you an insight into Monzo's engineering culture to show you how it can work if all is going right, and get you tips to make it so for your own people.

Lean Poker: Agile Training Molded Into Team Building

by Gábor Zöld / February 26, 2020

We recently held a company-wide hackathon at Coding Sans, and went with making it a Lean Poker event. It proved to be a great way to teach agile principles to our developers, it was a lot of fun for everyone involved, and got everyone in the company closer together.

Recruiting Engineers: Asana’s Secrets to Hiring Talent

by Gábor Zöld / February 19, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #10

We interviewed Greg Sabo, from Asana on recruiting engineers, to learn how one of the top companies in the industry faces this challenge. Check it out for actionable tips that can take your recruitment process to the next level as well!

Handling Conflicts and Giving Feedback to Improve Your Engineering Team

by Gábor Zöld / February 6, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #9 Handling conflicts and giving feedback are two of the most important things a manager needs to do. It has to be a given to lead a productive developer team. So we interviewed Tom Bartel, Engineering Team Leader at Trivago to share some of the tips he picked up over the years he spent as a manager.
Keep Up with Technology Trends as a Tech Leader

by Gábor Zöld / January 30, 2020

Keeping up-to-date with the technology trends is absolutely essential for tech leads and engineering managers. Sharpening your managerial skills is just as important if you are to succeed at your job. But how to do it?

In this post we're taking a look at how successful tech leaders stay current with the trends, and what are the best ways to find great content, and the best format to consume them in.

Engineering Productivity: How Two Sigma Keeps Developers Engaged

by Gábor Zöld / January 20, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #8

Engineering productivity is the key to unlock real treasure in the software development industry. So we interviewed Camille Fournier, well-known and successful engineering leader on engineering productivity and for real-life, actionable insights on how to maximize it.

Scaling Distributed Engineering Team: Managing Fast Growth in Remote

by Gábor Zöld / January 8, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #7

How do you scale a distributed engineering team?

It doesn’t involve just hiring more people, but also scaling communication, defining processes, making the culture strong enough and defining the vision, so you can build the new team on a solid foundation. It’s layers upon layers of work with no end. Juan Pablo Buritica, ex-VP of Engineering at Splice has managed it more than once, and explains how he pulled it off in this interview.

Managing Distributed Developer Teams: Zenput's Case Study

by Gábor Zöld / December 18, 2019

Level-up Engineering Podcast #6

In software development it's more likely now than ever, that as a manager, you'll face the challenge of leading a fully or at least partially distributed developer team. It's a brand new thing for everyone, but Tim Olshansky, current VP of Engineering at Zenput has faced this already. In this interview he shares what he learned on managing distributed developer teams over the years, and gives you actionable tips on making it work as well as possible.