23 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.

    Antifragile - Manage Your Team Under Pressure: Adam Wolff (VP of Engineering, Robinhood)

    Antifragile - Manage Your Team Under Pressure: Adam Wolff (VP of Engineering, Robinhood)

    Learn how to build an engineering team that not only survives under pressure, but consistently gets better. Adam Wolff explains the key ideas you need to know to make your team antifragile, and shows you how they've worked out through his personal experience from Robinhood and Facebook.
    In this interview we're covering:
    Concepts of antifragility
    Internal and external sources of stress for engineering teams
    Necessary characteristics of an antifragile engineering team
    Agile methods and antifragility
    How to measure antifragility in an engineering team
    The leader's contribution to antifragility
    How to make an agile team antifragile
    Hiring for antifragility
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "What I don't like about agile is that it's become more like a cult than a set of ideas. It has great basics, like the team should get together every day to discuss what they're doing, or to run development in a few weeks of increments. Agile also preserves optionality well if development doesn’t go smoothly.
    What I sometimes miss from agile software development is the longer arc.
    Agile can be surprisingly short-sighted. You set a goal, and you work towards that in two-week increments. It lacks the moments where you consider a black swan event and the monthly checkpoints where you make sure if you’re still building the right product..."
    Click here to read the full interview! (https://codingsans.com/blog/antifragile-leadership-under-pressure)

    • 55 min
    Engineering Leadership 101: Michael Lopp aka "Rands"

    Engineering Leadership 101: Michael Lopp aka "Rands"

    Learn the basics of engineering leadership from seasoned veteran and praised writer of the leadership world: Michael Lopp a. k. a. "Rands". Everything you need to know is in this interview, so you won't have to learn the hard way, like Michael did.
    In this interview we're covering:
    The biggest challenge in leadership
    Mastering the finer points of leadership
    The biggest takeaway from decades of leadership experience
    Traits and skills of great engineering leaders
    Daily practices of engineering leadership
    Building your influence
    Common mistakes in engineering leadership
    Building a personal brand as a leader
    Delegating effectively
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "Engineering leadership is all about your ability to delegate, and it’s hard to do.
    You get a big task, hand it to an engineer on your team, and you’re not doing the actual work. Maybe you slice it up into different tasks, and then give it to others. This is fundamentally tough for engineers, because we like building things ourselves.
    Leaders don't get to do any of this work. Management is a ton of work, but you don’t do testing, don’t improve performance, don’t do anything that’s been your work as an engineer."
    Click here to read the full interview! (https://codingsans.com/blog/engineering-leadership)

    • 44 min
    Build Your Employer Brand In Engineering: Sarah Wells (Technical Director, Financial Times)

    Build Your Employer Brand In Engineering: Sarah Wells (Technical Director, Financial Times)

    Do you want access to the best talent out there in the tech world? Obviously. This is why you need to build your engineering employer brand. You aren't Google or Netflix, you may not even become them, but you can make yourself visible in the right way to the right people, and you can get them into your organization. Learn pro tips from Sarah Wells, Technical Director at Financial Times!
    In this interview we're covering:
    Synchronizing the engineering brand coexisting with the company brand
    The challenges of building an engineering employer brand
    The key elements of a powerful engineering brand
    The tools to build your engineering brand
    The first steps to building your employer brand in engineering
    Involving your employees in facilitating your brand
    Keeping your employer brand consistent across different offices
    Organizing an internal tech conference
    The results of investing into the FInancial Times' engineering brand
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "The Financial Times came up with a list of cultural values about a year ago that we wanted to demonstrate. I attended a workshop with people from all over the company to figure out how to demonstrate these values. Some key values were creativity, trust and integrity; I focused on creativity.
    I found it interesting that many suggestions coming from other departments were ones engineering had been doing naturally. The 10% days came up as an idea, but in product and technology, we've been doing 10% days for a long time.
    This shows there’s a fit in our overall values, but each department ends up being specifically focused on their own area. We write software and operate systems, so that leads to inherent differences."
    Click here to read the full interview! (https://codingsans.com/blog/engineering-brand)

    • 39 min
    Time Management Masterclass for Engineering Managers: Matt Martin (CEO, Clockwise)

    Time Management Masterclass for Engineering Managers: Matt Martin (CEO, Clockwise)

    Learn the top time management and productivity tips, tricks, hacks and practices engineering managers use to get on top of their endless mountain of work. Profit from the hard-earned experience of Matt Martin, CEO of Clockwise to become the best manager you can be!
    In this interview we're covering:
    Time management 101 for managers
    How to do a calendar audit
    How to use time dedicated to proactive management
    Metrics of productivity for managers
    How to develop team members
    Delegating tasks
    How to handle your emails
    How to lead meetings productively
    Productivity myths managers should avoid
    The signs of good time management for managers
    Excerpt from the interview:
    "I've struggled with delegating effectively in the past. It's easy for managers at all levels to take on more work than they need to.
    The toughest thing about delegating is that you’re often better at doing a task. Usually, you get promoted for a reason. You know the context, you have the information, and you've probably been a great individual contributor.
    You might be the best person for a task, but that doesn't mean you should do it. If there's an opportunity to put a task on a team member, think critically about delegating it to them."
    Click here to read the full interview! (https://codingsans.com/blog/time-management-for-managers)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    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

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