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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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A shared context is a manager’s first goal

As humans, we each have our own context and version of reality. Part of your job as a manager and leader is to make sure others know the world you’re carrying in yours.