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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.

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.

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.

Backlog vs. Specification: Why Backlog Beats Specification?

by Balazs Tornai / December 12, 2019

Specifications are well-loved by managers, because they detail every tiny step up-front. A specification builds a nice hierarchy, and it makes you think that once you hand it over to the developers, they follow it to the letter. This isn't how it works though. You need more flexibility, and a Backlog provides you exactly that.

Training Engineering Managers: This Is The Way to Keep Growing

by Gábor Zöld / December 4, 2019

Level-up Engineering Podcast #5

Recruiting experienced software engineering managers is a tough job, and you can't possibly keep up the pace during rapid growth. You should start training engineering managers on top of hiring, homegrown talent often works out better in the long run. But training software developers to become engineering managers is far from trivial.

We interviewed Matt Greenberg to learn how he handles this challenge.