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Multiplying Your Impact Through Mentoring

February 05, 2017

Multiplying Your Impact Through Mentoring

Talk given at GDG DevFest MN 2017. Links from the additional resources section.

How to Ask Good Questions - https://jvns.ca/blog/good-questions/
Your Brain's API: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY14Er6JX2s
Power of Habit: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-Life-Business/dp/081298160X
Software Lead Weekly: http://softwareleadweekly.com/


February 05, 2017

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  1. Hi! I’m Maltz! • Full-Stack at Yelp Eat24 • Previously:

    Yelp Consumer App • Mentored 6 new engineers over 2 years • Big fan of cheesy grins
  2. What will we talk about? • Preparing for onboarding •

    The first couple months • Handling your mentee’s questions
  3. What does this mean? • Understand what makes a great

    engineer on your team ◦ Technical skills ◦ Non-technical skills ◦ Understanding of team processes ◦ Cultural things • Write these down so you can reference them!
  4. Next: Design a ramp-up process • Aim for breadth of

    topics + velocity of completion • Add complexity gradually • Create a script for this as much as possible
  5. Don’t Forget About Numero Uno • Set expectations with external

    stakeholders • Be willing to give up your own productivity for a few weeks. ◦ It’s better in the long run!
  6. • Understand the engineer you want them to become. •

    Define a ramp-up process • Don’t forget about numero uno Summary: Preparing for onboarding
  7. How NOT To Do This • Forget about them •

    Throw them in the deep end and hope they swim • Do your own work instead of helping your mentee • Delegating helping to someone else
  8. • Don’t forget about them • Start with a high

    standard • Check-in frequently • Celebrate the successes • Schedule 1:1s and use them • Don’t give answers, give tools. The First Couple Months
  9. • Figure out the answer first • Take a ranging

    shot • Figure out what they can learn • Help them get to the answer Handling Your Mentee’s Question
  10. The 3 Things To Take Home • Take time to

    understand the end goal of mentoring • Build good habits, especially high quality, early on • Give tools, not answers
  11. Additional Resources • How To Ask Good Questions - Julia

    Evans • Your Brain’s API: Giving and Getting Technical Help - Sasha Laundy (PyCon 2015) • Power of Habit - Charles Duhig • Software Lead Weekly (an awesome newsletter that touches on these topics)