Engineering Manager's Checklist
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Manager's Checklist
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πŸ’¬Provide actionable feedback that helps improve everyone's performance πŸ“ˆMeasure Lead Time, Freq of Deployment, Mean time to recovery & Change Fail %
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πŸ‘‹Have personal interactions with everyone (how ARE you? Is everything alright?)πŸš΄β€Ensure everyone is on track to meet their objectives. If not, help. Empathize
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🚧Unblock blockersπŸ“–Ask, propose and organize training opportunities or conference visits for your team
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β™”Respond to escalations, priority requests of the dayπŸ’¬Ask if your reports are getting enough feedback
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β™»Identify wasteful activities, Continuously improveπŸ“’Discuss any important company/team updates or news, celebrate some victory
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πŸ“ˆCreate intrinsic motivation, reinforce "why" ✨Discuss any areas in need of change (company, team, project etc.)
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✌Check if your management style is effective for your reports and get suggestions for change
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Weekly☯Arrange high performers to train others
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β˜•Have 1:1 with each report
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πŸ™ŒRecognize those who do a great work (I noticed and appreciated the way you [did X])Quarterly
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☹Manage difficult people: Listen. Give clear behavioral feedback. Document. Followup.βš‘Discuss rating, peer feedback and areas of improvement
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🚧Understand and unblock challenges your team feels πŸ’ΈCommunicate the review of their compensation
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πŸ“žEstablish successful collaborations with other functions and teamsπŸš€Discuss opportunities and career paths for the employee
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βš’Learn important technical skills that help advise the team, and earn respect🎯Review Objectives and Key Results. SMART=Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely / FAST=Frequently Discussed, Ambitious, Specific, Transparent
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πŸ’‘Source new ideas for improving the processesβ›‘Hire people better than you
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☠Discover risks and put them in backlogπŸ“–Update work map, identify over assignment, conflicting priorities
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✨Understand what motivates themπŸ“ˆSet clear expectations for any lateral/upward movement
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β›³Identify coaching needs. Apply GROW - Goal, Reality, Obstacles-Opportunity, Way Forward❀Express interest/concern for team members' success and personal well-being
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β›ΉEmpower your reports to help each other β›΅Celebrate accomplishment, team lunch/dinner, outing.
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πŸ’ͺSet clear expectations for what you feel they are able to achieveπŸ’­Represent your company publicly: blog, talks
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☝️Find out what your reports expect from youπŸ™ŒMake everyone feel included in decision making
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β˜•Set personal example by sharing and acting on your own feedbackβ˜’Use surveys and checklists to find the truth and nudge people to improve
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☠Reward thoughtful failureβš–Admit your mistakes, be transparent about it. Take counsel from all direction.
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Credit: This checklist is compiled by taking lessons from various books, articles and lectures, including managerchecklist.teambit.io, "Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead", "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity", "Managing Difficult People in a Week: Teach yourself", "Accelerate"
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Omar AL Zabir, no rights reserved.
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