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Why and how to manage your manager

Why and how to manage your manager

This talk will help you build a better partnership with your eng manager in 3 ways. First, you’ll understand what your manager does all day. Second, you’ll learn how to manage up. And third, you’ll see that there isn’t a single person that can manage you perfectly and what you can do about it.

Nikolay Stoitsev

March 22, 2022
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  1. Why and how to manage
    our manager
    Nikolay Stoitsev
    Engineering Manager @ Halo DX

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  2. What is a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer

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  3. What is a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Expert

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  4. What is a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Tech Lead
    Expert

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  5. What is a manager?
    Sr. Software
    Engineer
    Tech Lead
    EM
    Expert

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

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

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  8. Budgets
    PTOs
    Preparing offers
    Promotions
    Admin Work

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  9. Don’t have the
    knowledge or
    expertise

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  10. Don’t have the
    knowledge or
    expertise
    We are stretched
    too thin

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  11. Don’t have the
    knowledge or
    expertise
    We are stretched
    too thin
    We need feedback

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  12. Don’t have the
    knowledge or
    expertise
    We are stretched
    too thin
    We need feedback
    We need pushback

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  13. Don’t have the
    knowledge or
    expertise
    We are stretched
    too thin
    We need feedback
    We need pushback
    We need someone
    else to do the work

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  14. Don’t have the
    knowledge or
    expertise
    We are stretched
    too thin
    We need feedback
    We need pushback
    We need someone
    else to do the work
    Can’t solve a
    problem on our own

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  15. “I need more time for a
    better fix…
    Here is the short term
    impact…
    Here is the long term
    impact…”
    Example #1

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  16. “We need to adopt the
    new tools for testing…
    Here are the action
    items….
    Here is how much time
    we need…”
    Example #2

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  17. “We need more front-end
    engineers…”
    Example #3

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  18. First step is to
    gather data

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  19. What is their role?

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  20. “I know that every
    company might define
    management differently.

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  21. “I know that every
    company might define
    management differently.
    What do you think is the
    role of the manager at
    our company?”

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  22. What are their priorities?

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  23. Share bad news honestly
    and own the follow-up

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  24. Don’t just point at
    problems

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  25. Get super clear on
    expectations

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  26. Speak Your Manager’s
    Language

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  27. Ask questions to
    understand and
    challenge decisions

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  28. Giving feedback is super
    important

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  29. How to give effective feedback
    1. Be specific
    2. Talk about how the situation affected you
    3. Offer solutions

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  30. “I don’t feel like I’m
    growing and I don’t have
    a clear career path and
    this makes we less
    motivated at work”
    Example #1

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  31. “I get too many
    competing priorities, and
    this is distracting me a
    lot, and I feel like I’m not
    making progress on any
    of these”
    Example #2

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  32. There isn’t a single
    person that can manage
    you the way you want

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  33. Manager voltron
    https://larahogan.me/blog/manager-
    voltron/

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  34. Manager voltron
    https://larahogan.me/blog/manager-
    voltron/
    Personal Board of Directors
    https://sfelc.com/podcasts/build-you
    r-personal-board-of-directors-harpaul
    -sambhi

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  35. 1. Identify your gaps

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  36. 2. Find a person that
    can support you there

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  37. People you may need
    ● Has a skill set you want to learn
    ● Has excellent communication skills
    ● Is a great coach
    ● Understands promotions at your company

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  38. Mentor
    Coach
    Sponsor

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  39. “People that are aware
    of opportunities and
    can grant them to you”

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  40. Don’t rely only on your
    manager for
    sponsorship

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  41. Better
    relationship

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  42. More
    Opportunities
    Better
    relationship

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  43. Improve skills
    More
    Opportunities
    Better
    relationship

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  44. Improve skills
    More
    Opportunities
    Better
    relationship
    Better visibility

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  45. v
    Thank you!
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    Дария Бояджиева 12.04.22 Български
    Contacts:
    www.linkedin.com/in/nikolaystoitsev/
    Photos by Max Vakhtbovych, Christina Morillo, ThisIsEngineering, Nathan Cowley, olia
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