71 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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    • 4.6 • 12 Ratings

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.

    Guide to Building Cross-Functional Collaboration In Software Engineering

    Guide to Building Cross-Functional Collaboration In Software Engineering

    Interview with Ritendra Datta, Director of Engineering at Meta. He gives valuable advice on improving cross-functional collaboration by holding empathy sessions and scaling cross-functional teams mindfully.
    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:
    Different cross-functional roles
    Cross-functional collaboration in practice
    Tips to improve cross-functional collaboration
    Encouraging respect among cross-functional partners
    Cross-functional empathy sessions
    Common mistakes during cross-functional collaboration
    Scaling cross-functional teams
    Involving management in growing cross-functional teams
    Hiring leaders for scaling

    Excerpt from the interview:
    "We have cross-functional empathy sessions, where people get together for 4 hours and represent all cross functions. The key tech lead, an IC, a manager, a product manager, a data scientist and a UX researcher will meet somewhere outside of the office, and spend the day talking to each other.
    They could discuss what they do on a daily basis, and what’s frustrating about it. The representatives of each function gain a better understanding of the different positions, and why the work of each function is valuable and challenging in its own way.
    Every time we have these cross-functional empathy sessions, everyone goes home humbled by what others are doing and the struggles they’re facing. They realize that everyone is working hard. They often describe it as “an eye-opening experience.” "
    https://codingsans.com/blog/cross-functional-collaboration?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview! )

    • 55 min
    Screw SCRUM: Guide to Building a Truly Agile Organization

    Screw SCRUM: Guide to Building a Truly Agile Organization

    Interview with Tyler Hartley, Director of Software Engineering at Johnson and Johnson. He talks about the philosophies, habits and challenges of truly agile organizations.
    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:
    The definition of agile
    Characteristics of agile organizations
    Truly agile practices
    Behaviours to encourage
    When not to choose agile
    Agile products at JandJ
    Challenges of agile organizations
    Common mistakes
    Becoming an agile organization - JandJ's story
    Measures of success in an agile environment

    Excerpt from the interview:
    "Our team was working on a video recording feature, and we thought that including a passcode would be useful. Surgeons would have exclusive access to the recording tool, and they could ensure that they were the only ones who could start and stop the video.
    The feedback we got was an unequivocal no. They told us that they wouldn't care about pushing buttons in that high-stress environment, and that they would probably put the passcode on a sticky note on the device, making it pointless.
    We removed the feature because it didn’t add value. It only created friction."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/agile-organization?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview! )

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Secret to Productive IT Audits: Master the Process

    The Secret to Productive IT Audits: Master the Process

    Interview with Steve Tauber, CTO at madewithlove. He shares his secrets to productive IT audits from preparation to execution.
    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:
    The basics of tech audits
    Different approaches to IT audits
    Making the most out of the IT audit process
    Flexmail's tech audit story
    What auditors observe
    How to prepare for an IT audit

    Excerpt from the interview:
    "We were teaching people how to communicate in a more agile way, and to collaborate effectively. We made sure the code was well-tested, and that everything was documented so we didn’t lose important information.
    It was more about team shaping and making sure that the work was flowing in a proper way. Of course, there were technical challenges as well, but those were manageable.
    Since then, the company has grown immensely. We worked with them for a long time, but we’ve stepped away, and they’re thriving.
    For us, this is success. They took the lessons to heart, they understood our philosophy, and they continue to build on it."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/it-audit?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview! )

    • 38 min
    How to Manage Culture Change in the Workplace as Your Team Grows

    How to Manage Culture Change in the Workplace as Your Team Grows

    Interview with Pau Minoves, CTO at Typeform. He talks about leaders' role in managing culture change in the workplace during rapid growth in a company's scaleup phase.
    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:
    Establishing the right environment for growth
    Culture change management as a leader
    Benefits of strong company culture
    Challenges of culture change in the workplace
    Introducing new standards
    Importance of team autonomy
    Scaling tips

    Excerpt from the interview:
    "When I joined Typeform, there was 20% time dedicated for personal projects on Fridays. It wasn’t working. People try to do things, but there is always somebody missing, and you lose context from Friday to Friday.
    So we tried a different approach.
    Instead of working on those projects on Fridays, we dedicated the last 10 days of the quarter to them. Suddenly, people got their Fridays back to do their normal work. On the other hand, they dedicate all their attention to their side projects in these dedicated sprints. During the side project sprints, on Mondays, we kicked off ideas, and had the demo on the second Friday.
    It blew our minds: without even asking, around 60% of the projects were product oriented."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/culture-change-in-the-workplace?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 45 min
    Engineering Management Trends 2022

    Engineering Management Trends 2022

    https://codingsans.com/state-of-engineering-management-2022?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (State of Engineering Management 2022 report)
    Interview with Dylan Hansen, Senior Director of Engineering Enablement and Engagement at Salesforce dicussing the results of the State of Engineering Management 2022 report. We analyze the most interesting findings to get more insight and commentary from a fellow engineering leader.
    In this interview we're covering:
    Self-improvement in leadership
    Hiring and retention
    People and performance management
    Engineering brand
    Remote work

    https://codingsans.com/engineering-management-newsletter?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Sign up for the Level-up Engineering newsletter!)

    • 50 min
    How to Improve Employee Retention During the Great Resignation

    How to Improve Employee Retention During the Great Resignation

    Interview with David Siegel, CEO at Meetup. He talks about ways the leaders at Meetup and he has been utilizing to motivate employees and combat the Great American Resignation.
    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:
    Takeaways from the pandemic
    Improving employee retention and motivation
    Communication in a hybrid environment
    Supporting leaders at Meetup
    Improving work-life balance
    Building a community
    Communicating your mission right

    Excerpt from the interview:
    "I received an email a few days ago from a Meetup organizer. The subject line said, ”Thanks for Meetup.”
    The email read, "David, I'm grateful for Meetup. My mom is in the hospital, and she's probably going to die. Because of all the great friends I've made through running my groups, I'm not alone. People come over to support me at this difficult time. Thank you!"
    This is a real story. Every few weeks, I get a few powerful emails like this. As a leader, you need to connect with your customers, and you need to find ways to tell these stories to your team, so they connect with the customers as well."
    https://codingsans.com/blog/how-to-improve-employee-retention?utm_source=Podcastandutm_medium=platforms (Click here to read the full interview!)

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Arlie K ,

Up, up, and away!

This show really does live up to it's name - it's an outstanding resource for any engineering professional looking to level up! With intriguing guests that consistently offer actionable takeaways, it's truly a must-listen.

Satish.Just.Do.It ,

Amazing content

I’m loving this podcast. I would even pay to listen to this!

Shout out to host. She asks very good questions.

Please, please keep this going. THANK YOU.

JoeBlack27 ,

Great Podcast

This podcast is legit. The interviews are informative and I personally learn a lot. Thank you very much for this podcast. I’m really enjoying it.

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