19 episódios

Level-up Engineering reveals actionable management secrets from some of the most successful tech leaders. This podcast 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 podcast covers the biggest challenges engineering managers face, showing exactly how others overcame these challenges. Learn the best practices on engineering management to understand people and organizations as much as you understand code.

We interview tech 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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    • Tecnologia

Level-up Engineering reveals actionable management secrets from some of the most successful tech leaders. This podcast 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 podcast covers the biggest challenges engineering managers face, showing exactly how others overcame these challenges. Learn the best practices on engineering management to understand people and organizations as much as you understand code.

We interview tech 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 Create a Culture Document: Rob Volk (CEO, Foxbox Digital)

    How to Create a Culture Document: Rob Volk (CEO, Foxbox Digital)

    Learn the steps of creating a culture document for an engineering company! In this interview Rob Volk reveals why Foxbox Digital needed a culture document, and what impact it had on their day-to-day work.


    In this interview we're covering:


    What's Included and excluded in the Foxbox culture document


    Why do you need a company culture document?


    The steps of creating a culture document


    The impact of a culture document on an engineering team


    How does the document help to sustain the culture


    How to change your copmany culture


    How to check for cultural fit


    Whether it's better to hire for diversity or for cultural fit


    Excerpt from the interview:


    "We've always had a strong company culture, but early on, it was accidental. I hired engineers who I thought were great, and the engineering culture formed organically.


    By now, we've had cultural miss-hires, some contentions and issues. These are signs of a bad culture.


    So, we tried to distill the good parts of our culture down to a cultural document. The purpose was to be able to maintain the culture as we scale up."


    Click here to read the full interview! (https://codingsans.com/blog/culture-document)

    • 22 min
    3 Leadership Styles for a Productive Engineering Team: Shawn Fair (Leadership Coach, CEO, Fair Consulting Group)

    3 Leadership Styles for a Productive Engineering Team: Shawn Fair (Leadership Coach, CEO, Fair Consulting Group)

    Master these 3 leadership styles to build an amazing engineering team and maximize your own potential as well. In this interview with Shawn Fair, you'll learn how, when, and why to use the democratic, autocratic, and free rein leadership styles for optimal results.


    In this interview we're covering:


    The 3 base leadership styles


    Determine the best leadership style for your developer team


    How to train yourself to always find the right leadership style


    Common mistakes


    How the leadership styles improve team performance and employee retention


    5 core leadership attributes


    Bonus advice


    Excerpt from the interview:


    "If you demonstrate both the three leadership styles and the five critical leadership attributes, your people will be more productive and more likely to stick around.


    If you become a leader doing all this to meet the needs of every individual working for you, you’re a fair boss and a rare commodity.


    You'll find one or two of those leaders in your lifetime in corporate America."


    Click here to read the full interview! (https://codingsans.com/blog/leadership-styles)

    • 35 min
    Social Engineering: Olivia Liddell (Technical Curriculum Developer at Amazon Web Services)

    Social Engineering: Olivia Liddell (Technical Curriculum Developer at Amazon Web Services)

    Utilize social engineering tactics to make your developer team stronger and more productive than ever before. In this interview, Olivia Liddell from Amazon Web Services shows you how to use social engineering for good.


    In this interview we're covering:


    How to measure the strength of an engineering team


    The definition of social engineering


    The process of using social engineering to build your team


    Examples of social engineering in a positive context


    Common mistakes when using social engineering in management


    How to use social engineering with a new team


    Possible conflicts when using social engineering on your team


    The timeframe to successfully use social engineering


    Excerpt from the interview:


    "I used to work in higher education as a learning technologist with online courses for universities. I was on a team with 12 different program directors from areas like accounting and healthcare. I needed all program directors to give me information to get their courses up and running.


    Some directors gave me what I needed right away, but I had to track others down and work hard to get them to give me what I needed. As you might imagine, this resulted in delays, and I had no idea why they'd make it hard for me.


    Then I looked at it from the social engineering perspective. I started thinking about why these different directors would want to give me what I needed..."


    Click here (https://codingsans.com/blog/social-engineering-building-effective-teams) to read the full interview!

    • 33 min
    Leading vs Managing: András Fincza (VP of Engineering at Emarsys)

    Leading vs Managing: András Fincza (VP of Engineering at Emarsys)

    Leading vs managing comparison, true stories of failures, shortcomings, struggles and solutions that lead to success in an executive leadership position. András Fincza, VP of Engineering, Emarsys shares his invaluable experience to tell you what you've never heard about leadership before.


    In this interview we're covering:


    The difference between managing developers and leading engineering managers


    How to get direct information as an executive leader


    How to transition from engineering management to leadership


    What new tech leaders should do in their first 60 days


    How to build trust


    Characteristics of a great engineering manager


    How to evaluate the performance of your engineering managers


    And more!


    Excerpt from the interview:


    "I felt overwhelmed. I felt I couldn't finish anything. I didn't feel safe making decisions.


    One night, in the midst of my agony, I started to write down all my duties, tasks, initiatives, and everything I couldn't finish. There were hundreds of items, and I put them into 20 categories and 80 subcategories. Then I buried my face in my hands, and the only thing I could think was, "What am I doing?"


    It was insane.


    I grabbed the list, and the next day, I reached out to my boss and mentor and asked to go out for a coffee or beer. He saw that I was upset, and I threw everything at him. The list, my feelings about it—I told him I was thinking of resigning because I couldn’t handle the pressure."


    Read the full interview here (https://codingsans.com/blog/leading-vs-managing) !

    • 45 min
    Clean Code for Managers: Robert C. Martin, a.k.a. Uncle Bob

    Clean Code for Managers: Robert C. Martin, a.k.a. Uncle Bob

    Clean code is the most essential part of building great software with your team. In this interview Uncle Bob shares half a century worth of experience and practical tips about measuring code quality, leading your team, having them write clean code, and selling clean code standards to impatient clients.


    In this interview we're covering:


    Definition of clean code


    Metrics of clean code


    Consequences of bad code


    Tips for engineering managers


    Communication tips


    On-boarding to clean code


    Scaling with clean code


    Clean code vs deadlines


    And more!


    Excerpt from the interview:


    "The underlying theme is that if you want to go fast, meet schedules, and keep your customers and your managers happy, keep your code as clean as possible. Nothing will make you work faster than keeping your workspace clean.


    One of the most important things a developer can say to a manager is the word no. You must be able to look your manager in the eye with all the empathy and sympathy you can muster, and say, “The answer is no.” You will save a lot of money if you say no at the right time.


    Never promise to do something you know you can't do. They will believe you, bet a lot on your ability to do it, and you will let them down."


    Read the full interview here! (https://codingsans.com/blog/clean-code)

    • 38 min
    Transition from Engineer to Manager: Jeff Perry, Engineering Leadership Coach

    Transition from Engineer to Manager: Jeff Perry, Engineering Leadership Coach

    You've just become a manager, and don't know where to start? You're close to a promotion, and want to be ready? It's unclear what you should focus on, how to get accepted, and how to streamline your ocean of tasks?


    Jeff Perry has faced all these problems, and he'll help you find the way to success in this new role.


    In this interview we're covering:


    Challenges of becoming an engineering manager


    Misconceptions about becoming a manager


    The process to transition to management


    Common mistakes of new engineering managers


    Necessary skills for a great engineering manager


    How to get accepted as a new manager


    How to manage former teammates


    And more!


    Excerpt from the interview:


    "Listening is critical for leaders. I struggle with this because I'm quite a talker. It’s amazing what you can learn when you ask a question and truly listen to the other person without interrupting or letting your mind wander.


    Here’s a quote from Stephen R. Covey, “Seek first to understand and then be understood.” We’ll understand more if we start by listening more than we talk.


    To help with this, I have an exercise the whole team can do together..."


    Read the full interview here! (https://codingsans.com/blog/transition-engineer-manager)

    • 31 min

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