44 episodes

Follow Jason Warner (MD at Redpoint Ventures and former CTO of GitHub) and Eiso Kant (Founder and CEO of Athenian) as they chat about the biggest lessons they’ve learned about Engineering Leadership throughout the years.

Developing Leadership Athenian

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Follow Jason Warner (MD at Redpoint Ventures and former CTO of GitHub) and Eiso Kant (Founder and CEO of Athenian) as they chat about the biggest lessons they’ve learned about Engineering Leadership throughout the years.

    How Many EMs to Change a Lightbulb?

    How Many EMs to Change a Lightbulb?

    Jason and Eiso explore the implications of Mark Zuckerberg's plan to flatten Meta's management layers and examine the current ratio of engineers to managers, questioning if this balance is truly efficient or if it's simply a byproduct of Silicon Valley culture.
    Deep dive into the topics discussed in this episode at developingleadership.substack.com/p/how-many-ems-to-change-a-lightbulb
     
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    Join the discussion and follow us on twitter @devleadership_ 
     
    Watch this episode on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jFoh8Z-4T8 
     
    Developing Leadership is powered by Athenian. We are introducing a winning approach to engineering metrics that can help you empower your teams to autonomously improve. If you want to learn more, go to athenian.com

    • 35 min
    The Midwit Trap, & Why Tech Companies Are Falling For It

    The Midwit Trap, & Why Tech Companies Are Falling For It

    Eiso and Jason discuss how engineering leaders can fall into the trap of midwit thinking (the infamous bell curve meme) where they have a surface level understanding of complex topics and use buzzwords to sound knowledgeable.Why do managers become overly obsessed with specific tools? Why do companies encourage this behavior? What should leaders really be focusing on? Listen and find out!Deep dive into the topics discussed in this episode on substack: developingleadership.substack.com/p/the-midwits-of-the-tech-industryJoin the discussion and follow us on twitter @devleadership_Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/RM2gJ_EiJSQ Developing Leadership is powered by Athenian. We are introducing a winning approach to engineering metrics that can help you empower your teams to autonomously improve. If you want to learn more, go to athenian.com

    • 20 min
    Mastering Leadership for High-Performing Teams with Sri Viswanath, former Atlassian CTO

    Mastering Leadership for High-Performing Teams with Sri Viswanath, former Atlassian CTO

    Former Atlassian CTO Sri Viswanath shares his lessons on engineering leadership, such as aligning goals, handling difficult situations, and optimizing team metrics. Jason, Eiso and Sri talk about their experiences with system failures and the importance of technical mentors and CTOs in promoting better leadership.
     
    Deep dive into the topics discussed in this episode at go.developingleadership.co/ep42
     
    Join the discussion and follow us on twitter @devleadership_
     
    Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/VbBYqNtB_cs
     
    Developing Leadership is a podcast presented by Athenian. We are introducing the world of engineering to metrics and data that improve processes and help teams. If you want to learn more about data-enabled engineering, go to athenian.com

    • 54 min
    OK. Let’s talk about OKRs.

    OK. Let’s talk about OKRs.

    Jason and Eiso share their love-hate relationship with OKRs and discuss the pedantic nature of setting objectives and how they ultimately help to align and empower organizations. They talk about setting and tracking goals, the often performative nature of OKRs, and the dangers of abstracting oneself away from the product you’re building.

    • 21 min
    Placing Bets & Building Trust as an Engineering Leader

    Placing Bets & Building Trust as an Engineering Leader

    Jason and Eiso explore the intersection between finance and engineering leadership and discuss the importance of position sizing in engineering orgs. From promotions to product initiatives and technology choices, leaders are constantly making bets. So the guys delve into decision making, risk management, trust, and the dangers of placing the wrong bets.

    • 41 min
    Walking The Tightrope of Language & Culture (and why it’s hurting companies)

    Walking The Tightrope of Language & Culture (and why it’s hurting companies)

    Jason and Eiso get real about censorship culture in the tech industry. From free speech to the rights of employees and the role of companies in society. They chat about privilege in tech, whether we need democracy within tech companies, the role of culture stewards, and more.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

thatengineeringguy14 ,

Great insights!

This podcast is full of insights for technical leaders to build themselves and their teams. The conversations are easy to listen to but are also packed full of value!

Devyn Jonash ,

Incredibly insightful, always helpful

I find myself quoting this podcast all the time. Very helpful insights from world class engineering leaders.

Thank you so much for this Eiso and Jason!

gg fluzão ,

Great discussions!

Always a great podcast to listen to, always relevant discussions. 5 stars!

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