Engineering Managers Shouldn’t Write Code

  • It’s what made you successful as an Individual Contributor
  • It’s familiar
  • You can see/show the results
  • The team is struggling to hit goals
  • You want to lead from the front
  • You don’t have enough to do on the managerial side
  • You work at a company that expects this from their Engineering Managers
  • If you don’t write code, your day ends and you feel you haven’t accomplished anything
  • holding 1:1s w/ everyone on the team
  • performance reviews
  • org planning
  • creating a long term vision
  • roadmapping
  • interfacing with counterparts/stakeholders across your org
  • refining your teams systems & processes
  • tracking metrics around quality, burnout, happiness
  • resolving interpersonal issues
  • coaching & mentoring
  • backlog refinement
  • removing blockers
  • leading meetings / sprint ceremonies
  • interviewing
  • performance management

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store