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Multiplying Your Impact Through Mentoring - Chicago Roboto 2017

April 20, 2017

Multiplying Your Impact Through Mentoring - Chicago Roboto 2017


April 20, 2017


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

    Yelp Consumer App • Mentored 6 new engineers over 2 years • Now mentoring-mentors
  2. Why

  3. What will we talk about? • Preparing for onboarding •

    The first couple months • Handling your mentee’s questions
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. • Understand the engineer you want them to become. •

    Define a ramp-up process • Don’t forget about numero uno Summary: Preparing for onboarding
  8. 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
  9. • 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. Summary: The First Couple Months
  10. • Figure out the answer first • Take a ranging

    shot • Figure out what they can learn • Help them get to the answer Summary: Handling Your Mentee’s Question
  11. 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
  12. 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 • Crucial Conversations - Various • Software Lead Weekly (an awesome newsletter that touches on these topics)