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Setting goals as a senior individual contributor - LeadDev Berlin 2022

Sabrina Leandro
November 04, 2022
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Setting goals as a senior individual contributor - LeadDev Berlin 2022

In this talk, you’ll learn how to define your development journey as a senior individual contributor, figuring out what you should be working on, how to set your goals, and how to you define your backlog of work. You’ll also learn how to track your progress so you can keep growing as an engineering leader in the individual contributor track.

Sabrina Leandro

November 04, 2022
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  1. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
    Sabrina Leandro
    @saleandro
    Setting goals


    as a senior


    individual contributor

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  2. Setting goals


    as a senior


    individual contributor?

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  3. It depends…

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  4. Setting goals


    as a senior+|staff|
    principal|…


    individual contributor

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  5. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    You
    Team
    Team
    Team

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  6. Sabrina Leandro
    @saleandro
    What’s
    changed?
    You’re not working as part of
    a team anymore
    What are my goals? 🤔

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  7. Sabrina Leandro
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    You’re not part of team
    rituals
    How do I know what’s going
    on? 🤔
    What’s
    changed?

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  8. Sabrina Leandro
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    Your work is more than
    coding
    What else should I be
    doing?! 🤔
    What’s
    changed?

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  9. Setting goals


    as a senior


    individual contributor

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  10. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    🙀 BUSY WORK 💻

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  11. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    High impact work

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  12. You create it!

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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    1. List all inputs
    Business and product strategies
    Teams’ needs
    Engineering Org’s needs

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  14. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    1. List all inputs
    Business and product strategies
    Teams’ needs
    Engineering Org’s needs
    Tip for managers:
    Share business
    context

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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    2. Prioritise inputs
    Riskiest areas or projects
    Personal growth goals
    Company needs

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  16. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    2. Prioritise inputs
    Riskiest areas or projects
    Personal growth goals
    Company needs
    Tip for managers:
    Help connect to
    performance review

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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    3. Trim it down
    Are there opportunities for delegation?

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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    3. Trim it down
    Are there opportunities for delegation?
    Tip for managers:
    Help find other
    owners

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  19. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    Write it down

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  20. Sabrina’s document format

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  21. Sabrina’s document format

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  22. Sabrina’s document format

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  23. Sabrina’s document format

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  24. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    Share it

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  25. Sabrina Leandro
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    Get


    feedback
    from…
    your manager
    your peers
    your cross-discipline peers

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  26. Sabrina Leandro
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    Share


    Your goals
    What you’ll do to deliver on your
    goals
    How you’ll work with teams

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  27. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    Repeat

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  28. Sabrina’s timeline
    Quarterly goals
    Cycle 2
    Cycle goals Cycle goals
    Week

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  29. Track progress
    Quarterly goals
    Cycle goals Cycle 2
    Week
    Cycle goals

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    If When
    things change
    Missing context? Re-prioritise
    or delegate
    No changes? Say “no not now”
    and use as input for next goal
    setting period

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  31. Setting goals


    as a senior


    individual contributor

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  32. Sabrina Leandro
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    What about
    coding?
    Prioritise as any other goal
    Define why you want to do it
    Spot problems and use as input
    for new goals

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  33. Setting goals


    as a senior


    individual contributor
    and more…

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  34. Sabrina Leandro
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    Beyond goal
    setting
    Onboarding: Role introduction
    Focus: Saying “no” or
    reprioritising
    Motivation: Seeing the big
    picture
    Growth: Performance reviews

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  35. What’s next for you?

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    Summary
    Create your backlog
    Prioritise & trim it down
    Get feedback
    Break it down & track progress
    Repeat!
    Setting goals as a
    senior individual
    contributor

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  37. November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    Thank you!
    Join me at Office Hours
    👋

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    November 2022 LeadDev Berlin
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    https://www.intercom.com/blog/engineering-management-benefits/
    https://charity.wtf/2017/05/11/the-engineer-manager-pendulum/
    https://staffeng.com/guides/staff-archetypes/
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/the-staff-engineers/9781098118723/
    References

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