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From programming to management

From programming to management

Nikolay Stoitsev

November 28, 2021
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  1. From programming to management
    Nikolay Stoitsev
    Engineering Manager @ Halo DX

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  2. How to become a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer

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  3. How to become a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Expert

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  4. How to become a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Tech Lead
    Expert

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  5. How to become a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Tech Lead
    EM
    Expert

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  6. What do managers do?

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  7. ● Leadership
    ● Run 1:1
    ● Give Feedback
    ● Mentoring
    ● Coaching
    ● Motivation
    ● Performance
    Management
    ● Managing personal
    crisis
    ● Delegation
    ● Effective
    communication
    ● Servant leadership
    ● Conflict resolution
    ● Team structure
    ● Quality
    ● Onboarding
    ● Diversity and
    inclusion
    ● Hiring
    ● Delivery
    ● Agile, Project
    Management
    ● Vision
    ● Mission
    ● Strategy
    ● KPI
    ● Conflict Resolution
    ● Risk Management
    ● Stakeholder
    management
    ● Empathy
    ● Culture
    ● Alignment
    ● Promotions
    ● Budgeting
    ● Build vs Buy
    ● Managing up
    ● Release
    management
    ● Incident
    management
    ● Compensation
    ● Termination
    ● Team building

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  8. Onboarding
    Giving effective feedback
    Mentoring
    Coaching
    1:1s
    Delegation
    Motivation
    Performance management
    Managing People

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  9. Leadership
    Culture & Values
    Vision & Mission
    Conflict Resolution
    Making Decisions
    Hiring
    Team Structure
    Processes
    Diversity and Inclusion
    Risk Management
    Managing Teams

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  10. Budgets
    PTOs
    Preparing offers
    Promotions
    Admin Work

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  11. And you need to be
    technical

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  12. It’s a different profession

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  13. Good Engineer Good Manager

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  14. Do you want to become a manager?

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  15. You don’t need to be a manager to grow
    Intern
    Software
    Engineer
    Software
    Engineer II
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Engineering
    Manager
    Staff Software
    Engineer
    Director
    Principle
    Engineer
    VP
    Individual Contributor
    (IC) Ladder

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  16. Simple Test
    https://medium.com/hackernoon/a-voight-kampff-test-for-identi
    fying-engineering-managers-bb8512c70857

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  17. Do you care more about
    people or technology?

    EM
    IC
    Tech
    Lead

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  18. What is the career path of a
    manager?

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  19. Management Growth
    https://medium.com/swlh/a-hierarchy-model-for-leadership-development-cee911071e4a
    Leading yourself
    Leading a team
    Leading a large team
    Leading an organisation
    Leading the
    company

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  20. Manager Ladder
    EM EM
    Sr. EM
    Director
    VP
    CTO
    Director
    VP
    Sr. EM

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  21. Leading managers
    Growing managers
    Long-term strategy
    Org Structure
    Broad communication
    Skip level 1:1
    Bigger Budget Planning
    Manager of Managers (MoM)

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  22. ~100% MoM
    ~75% MoM
    ~25% MoM
    VP Eng
    Director of Eng
    Sr. Eng Manager
    ~0% MoM
    Eng Manager

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  23. Director of Engineering
    ● Leads multiple big teams
    ● Leads long term technical and business solutions
    across the teams
    ● Able to create high performing team of Sr EMs or
    EMs

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  24. Vice President of Engineering
    ● Leads teams across multiple domains each with
    their unique processes, priorities, and modes of
    operation
    ● Charts the future of the company
    ● The job is no longer the “what”

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  25. Chief Technical Officer
    ● Very different in every company
    ● Aligns the engineering organisation with the rest
    of the orgs
    ● Able to create high performing team of VPs
    ● Responsible for all things tech

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  26. Lessons Learned

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  27. 0. It’s a new
    role with
    different skills

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  28. 1. Be proactive
    about finding
    risks and
    managing them

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  29. 2. Management
    is different in
    every org so
    make sure you
    know what it
    means in yours

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  30. 3. Find good
    mentors

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  31. 4. Build book
    knowledge

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  32. 5. Regularly ask
    for feedback

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  33. How to start the journey early on

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  34. The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and
    Change - Camille Fournier

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  35. https://leadingsnowflakes.com/

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  36. Challenge your teammates
    Mentorship
    Effective Communication
    … you pick yours…
    Start Practicing

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  37. Thank you! Q&A
    Nikolay Stoitsev
    Engineering Manager at Halo DX
    Photos by Christina Morillo, Kelly L, Julia Larson, Andrea Piacquadio, RODNAE Productions, fauxels,
    S Migaj from Pexels

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