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Managing to deadlines

Deadlines are agreements with other departments on how you’ll work together, while your engineers likely view them as arbitrary and pointless.

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Why become an engineering manager?

Stepping into an engineering manager role can be scary, but the long term benefits to personal growth can be huge.

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Are we having fun yet?

Engineering management can lean toward the serious and wrought, but always look for chances to inject fun and whimsy into the culture.

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Save QA for when the fall is deadly

Putting engineers in control and responsibly for their own quality for as long as you can increases a sense of ownership and care.

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Hacking away at hackathons

A request from the business for your team to do a hackathon can be a signal of some underlying issues.

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The feedback iceberg is always ahead of you

Your goal isn’t to stop late-arriving feedback – because that’s an impossible dream. Instead, think ahead of how to handle it when it comes.