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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.

The Ultimate Skip Level Meeting Guide for Leaders

by Gábor Zöld / December 9, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #33

Panel discussion interview with Sarah Milstein, Sr. Director of Engineering at Mailchimp, and Tanisha Barnett, Director of Engineering at Mailchimp. They get into the details of holding skip level meetings, let them be one-on-ones or group meetings.

Here's everything you'll ever need to know about why you want to have your own skip level meetings, what they look like, what questions to ask, how to break the ice, keep track of them all, and much more. Master skip level meetings to become a great engineering leader yourself!

Managing for Happiness: Tips to Run a Productive Engineering Team

by Gábor Zöld / November 25, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #32

Interview with Jurgen Appelo, leadership speaker, writer and entrepreneur. He is an expert on the topic of managing teams to maximize happiness, which heavily bolsters productivity. Learn his tips, tricks and strategies in making it happen, and make your own team happier so you all win.

Software Engineer Resume: Tips to Get in the Door at Hot Tech Companies

by Gábor Zöld / November 11, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #31

Interview with Gergely Orosz, self-employed author of 'The Tech Resume Inside Out', former Engineering Manager at Uber.

He shares unique insight into the process of hiring for a big tech company. We also look at tips to stand out from the crowd with your software engineer resume, and what companies should do differently to find talent more effectively.

How to Make the Spotify Model Work for You - Hint: Don’t Copy Blindly

by Gábor Zöld / October 28, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #30

Interview with Jonathan Rasmusson, ex-Spotify employee and author of 'Competing with Unicorns' about the key elements of making the Spotify model work.

Squads, tribes and guilds are the essential elements of the Spotify model, but there is a lot more to it. Leadership is the force that drives all the elements, makes the model come alive and deliver a great product. You get all the answers here about how that works.

Software Engineer Career Ladder: Don’t Copy-Paste—Make Your Own!

by Gábor Zöld / October 14, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #29

Interview with Tim Olshansky, EVP of Product & Engineering at Zenput on creating a software engineer career ladder for your own team.

This isn't a template you can just copy and paste, then forget it ever even existed. This is a guide to creating a meaningful engineering career ladder from Tim, who has been through it more than once.

Diversity in Recruiting: Road to Inclusion in Tech

by Gábor Zöld / September 30, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #28

Interview with Ola Sitarska, Engineering Lead at Onfido about address diversity and inclusivity at the base level: integrating these values into the recruitment process.

Why do you want to put up the effort? How do you balance it with hiring the most competent developers? What goals are realistic? You get these answers and more right here!

7+1 Serverless Trends You Need to Know in 2020

by Gábor Zöld / September 23, 2020

State of Serverless 2020 Report

We give you the top 7+1 serverless trends based on research data. Benefits of using serverless, top serverless providers, top programming languages, use cases, biggest challenges, the community's wishlist for changes and much more!

From Junior to Senior Developer: Speed Up Career Progression for Your Team

by Gábor Zöld / September 16, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #27

Software engineers, like any other person can get stuck. Their personal development slows down, their career may not move in the direction they want to go to.

Great engineering managers and leaders can do a lot to stop that from happening, facilitate growth for their developers and advancement from junior engineer to the senior level and beyond that. Get the know-how from Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering, Shopify!

Feedback Culture at Its Best: A Sneak Peek Inside GitHub

by Gábor Zöld / September 2, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #26

GitHub versus Facebook feedback culture comparison with a breakdown of their key elements and cultural differences. Learn the secrets of a healthy feedback culture both on an organizational and personal level from Ryan Nystrom, Director of Engineering at GitHub.

The Ultimate One-on-One Meeting Guide: Beat the Awkwardness

by Gábor Zöld / August 19, 2020

Level-up Engineering Podcast #25

Avoid the rookie mistakes engineering managers and engineering leaders make at running one-on-one meetings. James Stanier, SVP of Engineering at Brandwatch, and author of "Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager" will teach you how to handle one on ones with both introverts, and people who complain all the time, along with many more tips and tricks.