EM should code or not?

Posted on Sun 16 April 2023 in Leadership • Tagged with EM

An EM's job description and expectations vary from company to company.

Should an EM know how to code?

Offcourse Yes!

As part of the job description and day to day work - should an EM be expected to code?

I would say No, because there is so much an EM will …

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EM Habits

Posted on Thu 13 April 2023 in Leadership • Tagged with EM, draft

Life as a Manager is not easy. Over time, I have developed some habits that let me stay organised and get work done better and faster. I like to stay disciplined and not take anything for granted.

  • Block calendar. Calendar ettiquette is very important to me and I am a …

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Autonomy - How do you manage this on your teams?

Posted on Sun 12 March 2023 in Leadership • Tagged with EM

An Engineering Manager peer recently asked this question:

The word of the day is: "Autonomy". How do you manage this on your teams? What are is limits (are there any) and what do you do if there is a bigger change the team covers up with you don't agree with …

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How to prepare for performance reviews

Posted on Thu 12 January 2023 in Leadership • Tagged with advice, career, EM

It's that time of the year, for performance reviews. I want to write here about how you could plan it better and be prepared.

Start advocating for yourself

If you are new to this, you need to start from somewhere. This gets better with practice. For beginners new to this …

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My Leadership Strengths

Posted on Tue 01 November 2022 in Leadership • Tagged with EM

My Top 5 Themes 1. Strategic 2. Relator 3. Achiever 4. Learner 5. Responsibility

With a keen eye for Strategy, I am adept at identifying opportunities for growth and improvement, formulating comprehensive plans, and executing them effectively. This has enabled me to drive positive change and deliver outstanding results consistently …

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What is humility

Posted on Thu 15 September 2022 in Leadership • Tagged with EM

Humility is the anecdote to arrogance. Humility is a recognition that we don’t know, that we were wrong, that we’re not better than anyone else. Humility is simple to understand but hard to practice. Humility isn’t a lack of confidence but an earned confidence. The confidence to …

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What is the EM aka Engineering Manager role?

Posted on Thu 15 September 2022 in Leadership • Tagged with EM

The following can be summarized as getting things done and the supporting activities that enable a high performing team environment:

  • Business Impact - Clear business metrics and working towards ambitious goals
  • Team Health - Team members are engaged and complement each other in achieving common goals autonomously
  • Productivity - MVP mindset, continuous improvements …

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Leader vs Manager

Posted on Sat 28 May 2022 in Leadership • Tagged with interview, EM

I am an Engineering Manager and an Engineering Leader. What is the difference?

This can be an interview question and it is very important to be prepared with a good answer here.

When I was asked this interview question during one of the panel rounds at Anaconda, I really liked …

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My onboarding experience in a remote world

Posted on Tue 24 May 2022 in Leadership • Tagged with onboarding, EM

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I joined Anaconda in September 2021. During the pandemic, although I got used to working in a remote work setup, starting a new job in a remote first setup was difficult.

The difference

During my time at Curalie, ~1 year was spent in pandemic and remote setup. Things were direct …

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