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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.

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.

Scaling Culture: Retain Your Developer Team’s Soul During Fast Growth

by Gábor Zöld / November 20, 2019

Scaling developer teams is a massive challenge in the industry, just as scaling companies in general. The key to it is scaling your culture the right way as your team grows. Here we'll show you how to do it through real life examples.

Fabric.js Tutorial: The Ultimate Guide to Objects and Complex Shapes

by Barna Burom / November 13, 2019

Having troubles with Fabric.js? So did I. Let me show you how I overcame all the early obstacles you'll likely run into as well, and made one of the top drawing libraries work for me.

Psychological Safety: The Foundation to Build Your Team’s Success

by Gábor Zöld / November 7, 2019

Level-up Engineering Podcast #4

Sometimes, teamwork gets tiring, communication gets weird, fresh ideas are rare and far between, and people are more likely to jump down each other’s throats. Sound familiar? Building psychological safety could help you fix all that. We interviewed Dan Rummel, Senior Director of Engineering at One Medical on this topic.

Scaling Developer Teams: Know-How From Amazon, Facebook and Intercom - Interview with Rich Archbold

by Gábor Zöld / October 23, 2019

Level-up Engineering Podcast #3

Software companies often grow quickly, which means developer teams often suffer to manage scaling at the pace of growth and necessary workload. We sat down with Rich Archbold to pick his brain on how they scaled developer teams at Amazon, Facebook and Intercom.

Mentoring Developers: Best Practices From Uber - Interview With Gergely Orosz

by Gábor Zöld / October 8, 2019

Level-up Engineering Podcast #2

Senior developers are in high demand, so mentoring developers to get there as quickly as possible is extremely valuable, yet mentoring is highly underutilized in software development. We sat down with Gergely Orosz, Engineering Manager at Uber to learn from his experience on mentoring developers.

8+1 Tips and Tricks for Building Large-Scale Enterprise Angular Applications

by Bálint Mérő / October 2, 2019

How to design, implement and maintain large-scale enterprise applications in Angular, part II.
Developer Burnout: How Can a Manager Spot It and Stop It

by Gábor Zöld / September 25, 2019

Developer burnout is a real killer problem. It kills projects, companies, and careers. So we put together a list of the signs you can catch the reasons you should be looking at and the things you can do to counter developer burnout. All actionable tips based on real-life experience.

Managing Platform Teams: How to Structure and Run a Great Platform Team – Interview with Karen Cohen

by Tamás Török / September 12, 2019

Even today, there aren’t many companies with their own platform teams. Usually only the big ones have them, so there's little know-how going around in the industry. Wix.com is one such company with a great platform team and hundreds of developers. We interviewed Karen Cohen, Wix.com’s engineering manager in the platform team. She has loads of experience, and it’s not as good as gold; it’s a lot better.