46 episodes

Level-up Engineering reveals actionable management secrets from some of the most successful engineering leaders (VP of Engineering, Director of Engineering, CTO).

This podcast brings you key insights from fellow engineering managers, to level-up your management skills and to take your software development team to the next level.

The podcast covers the biggest challenges engineering leaders face, showing exactly how others overcame these challenges. Learn the best practices on management and leadership to understand people and organizations as much as you understand code.

We interview engineering leaders and dive into the fundamentals behind hiring and retaining developers, motivating developers, scaling dev teams, mentoring developers, and much more!

The episodes are brought to you by Coding Sans, a software development agency building serverless web and cross-platform mobile apps. Check them out on https://codingsans.com.

If you have any feedback or would like to be featured on Level-up Engineering please, drop us a line at levelup@codingsans.com.

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Level-up Engineering reveals actionable management secrets from some of the most successful engineering leaders (VP of Engineering, Director of Engineering, CTO).

This podcast brings you key insights from fellow engineering managers, to level-up your management skills and to take your software development team to the next level.

The podcast covers the biggest challenges engineering leaders face, showing exactly how others overcame these challenges. Learn the best practices on management and leadership to understand people and organizations as much as you understand code.

We interview engineering leaders and dive into the fundamentals behind hiring and retaining developers, motivating developers, scaling dev teams, mentoring developers, and much more!

The episodes are brought to you by Coding Sans, a software development agency building serverless web and cross-platform mobile apps. Check them out on https://codingsans.com.

If you have any feedback or would like to be featured on Level-up Engineering please, drop us a line at levelup@codingsans.com.

    How to Engage Remote Employees: Tips to Lead Distributed Teams

    How to Engage Remote Employees: Tips to Lead Distributed Teams

    Interview with Greg Dick, Senior Engineering Manager at Hudl about building engagement with remote employees in distributed teams. They miss out on a lot of professional and personal interactions, and don't integrate well into the team. Check out Greg's tips to learn how you can kickstart that process as a manager!
    https://codingsans.com/engineering-management-newsletter?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Sign up to the Level-up Engineering newsletter!)
    In this interview we're covering:
    Definition of remote employees and distributed teams
    Integrating remote employees to distributed teams vs remote teams
    Challenges of managing remote employees in a distributed team
    Engaging remote employees in the office chit chat
    Engaging remote emplyoees in team building activities
    Tips to set up the office to better engage remote employees
    Managing the return to the office in distributed teams
    Increasing retention by getting remote employees engaged
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "A few years ago, I had a remote member on my team who left the company after about a year. I asked him what happened and he said, “I saw all the cool stuff you all were doing in the office and I wanted that too.” It turns out, he considered moving to Lincoln to work with us in the office, but he had family ties, so he ended up joining a local company that had a similar culture to ours.
    This left me wondering how much of this is our fault for bombarding him with reminders and videos of the office events. These might feed his feeling of being left out. Holding events every few weeks was an integral part of our engineering culture, but you had to be in Lincoln to partake.
    Currently, we make our events visible in a way that if somebody is interested, it’s easy to find them. This is valuable to remote employees when they’re looking for times to visit headquarters. Looking at the calendar and picking the events they like makes this choice easier."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/how-to-engage-remote-employees?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 55 min
    Leadership Stories from Slack by Michael Lopp

    Leadership Stories from Slack by Michael Lopp

    Interview with Michael Lopp, Rands about his time as VP of Product Engineering at Slack. He tells stories about the darkest day of Slack, the mistakes he made along the way and how he grew into his executive role.
    https://codingsans.com/engineering-management-newsletter?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Sign up to the Level-up Engineering newsletter!)
    In this interview we're covering:
    Leadership takeaways from Slack
    The darkest day of Slack
    Tactical vs strategic focus as VP of Product Engineering
    Retaining your direct reports
    Creating processes before they're necessary
    The experience of Slack going public
    Story about telling the truth
    And much more!
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "I suggest executives in growing companies tell the truth as quickly as possible.
    It’s great advice, but this story is about how it backfires. Really, this was a failure on my part as a senior leader, and it flowed from this approach. If I get a question, I answer it. If you ask, “How are we doing on hiring women in engineering?” I’ll say, “Here’s the answer and here’s the data.”
    At Slack, we had a lot of data come in about hiring in a big spreadsheet. It’s data like the number of people hired, diversity in hiring, and so on..."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/leadership-stories?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to Hire Entrepreneurial Engineers and Why You Need Them

    How to Hire Entrepreneurial Engineers and Why You Need Them

    Interview with Mark Kinsella, VP of Engineering at Opendoor about what makes entrepreneurial engineers great and how to lead them. We go in-depth from the definition through the key qualities of entrepreneurial engineers, hiring and retaining them, and much more.
    https://codingsans.com/engineering-management-newsletter?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Sign up to the Level-up Engineering newsletter!)
    In this interview we're covering:
    Definition and qualities of entrepreneurial engineers
    Hiring entrepreneurial engineers
    Onboarding and retaining entrepreneurial engineers
    Nurturing the business mindset in software engineers
    Culturally supporting the business mindset
    Giving feedback to engineers
    Preventing burnout for entrepreneurial engineers
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "At Opendoor, we need to ingest a large amount of data. Real estate data is public, so we need to process all that data to make informed decisions. We had a hard time importing MLS and home data because it was so messy.
    At the end of the day, a few of our engineers went to shadow agents at a different company who were importing this data. They tried to understand the customer’s perspective and what they were doing. They took the insights they’d collected, and managed to build a better data ingestion pipeline.
    Understanding their customer made it possible to build a faster and scalable tech solution. This initiative and creative thinking got us to the point where we could ingest more data with higher reliability. This is an example of why we want to work with entrepreneurial engineers."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/entrepreneurial-engineers?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 35 min
    How to Keep Remote Meetings Productive and Your Schedule Under Control

    How to Keep Remote Meetings Productive and Your Schedule Under Control

    Interview with Jean Hsu, VP of Engineering at Range about structuring, scheduling and making your remote meetings productive. Learn from her stories about handling an avalanche of remote meetings, and what she's learned along the way about transforming these meetings and supporting her team.
    https://codingsans.com/engineering-management-newsletter?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Sign up for the Level-up Engineering newsletter!)
    In this interview we're covering:
    The optimal number of remote meetings daily
    Making remote meetings productive
    Structuring remote meetings
    Necessary extra meetings in a remote environment
    Tools to support remote meetings
    Meetings that don't work remotely
    Providing a flexibility of schedule in your company
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "This is my rule of thumb: remove status updates and announcements from meetings, and communicate them as asynchronous updates. You can use a tool like Loom for this. Leaders can record a short video message, and the employees can watch it at any time and leave comments.
    Use async channels with anything that doesn’t require discussion, or where you can start out without a discussion.
    Don’t rely too much on meetings; move everything you can to asynchronous updates. For example, it’s easier for me to reply to an email than it would be to find 15-30 minutes to discuss the same thing in a video call."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/remote-meeting?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 51 min
    Building Self-Managed Teams: A Case Study from Riot Games

    Building Self-Managed Teams: A Case Study from Riot Games

    Interview with Mike Seavers, former CTO at Riot Games about building self-managed teams for high performance. Learn from a seasoned leader about making sure you have the right people, and coach them the right way to empower them so you can stop holding their hands. Unlock your team's potential and unleash them to do great work!
    https://codingsans.com/engineering-management-newsletter?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Sign up for the Level-up Engineering newsletter!)
    In this interview we're covering:
    Relationship between performance and autonomy
    Role of the leader in self-managed teams
    Description of self-managed teams
    Making time to coach your employees
    Measuring the manager's performance in self-managing teams
    Leadership strategies to build self-managed teams
    Communicating your expectations
    Building self-managed teams in a new company
    Building self-managed teams in an established organization
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "In a self-managed team, even the most junior employee is empowered to make a meaningful decision that affects the team’s performance. They’re not dependent on management to make all the decisions. No winning team requires the coach to explain how to kick the ball; the coaching happens before and after the game.
    Leadership’s job is to make the vision and the goals clear. In my one-on-one meetings, I always ask these questions from my reports:
    Is the company vision clear?
    Are the company goals clear?
    Do you understand what we’re trying to accomplish and the near-term objectives?"
    https://codingsans.com/blog/self-managed-teams?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 48 min
    Software Development Trends 2021

    Software Development Trends 2021

    https://codingsans.com/state-of-software-development-2021?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (State of Software Development 2021 report)
    Interview with John Ford, VP of Engineering and Country Leader at LogMeIn discussing emerging industry trends based on data from the State of Software Development 2021 report. We touch on the effects of COVID-19 on the industry, old and new challenges, hiring, retention and more.
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    In this interview we're covering:
    The effects of COVID-19 on the software industry
    Top challenges in software development
    Comparing the perception of managers and engineers
    Hiring and retention
    Performance management
    Outsourcing development

    • 51 min

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