Welcome to Technically Human, a weekly series discussing the most human elements of managing technical people by Staat. We interview engineering and product leaders and dive deep into the difficult and untold stories of management.
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On this week's episode of Technically Human we have Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and Staat's Customer Advisory Board Member, Najla Elmachtoub talks about the power of goal setting. She dives deep into how self-reflection enabled her to create more clear goals and how that positively affects her team and her career. She gets into the realities of climbing the ranks and how career progression is not as clear as it once was and how important it is for folks to pave their own way.
On this week's episode of Technically Human, we hear from Evans Wang, a senior software engineer at Area 23, an innovation agency based in New York City. Evans drops some incredible wisdom from his incredible experience as a military officer, a coding boot camp instructor, and a manager turned IC. He talks about the differences between influence and authority, what it really means to manage up, how teaching is a critical component of management, and many more lessons. You won't want to miss this episode. Please share and comment below your thoughts! Also please check out the various non-profits and organizations Evans supports and helps to lead: Operation Code: https://operationcode.org/ Veterati: https://www.veterati.com/
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In this episode of Technically Human, Eric Gong and I discuss the complexities and realities of people quitting. Eric gets deep into practical ways to respond to someone quitting unexpectedly that is good for the person quitting, the team, and the manager. He talks about the "Grand Exit", how to deal with unfair feedback, and how to manage up in these situations. We hope you enjoy the episode, please let us know what you think!
In this week's episode of Technically Human, Eric Gong, Founder & CEO of Eric Gong & Company, a technical recruiting company and former VP of engineering talks about how to uncover a candidates motivations during an interview and why that's so crucial to understanding if they are a culture fit or not.
Tim Whitacre, an engineering manager at New Story based in Atlanta, talks about how he and his teams have shifted their 1:1 structure and purpose while transitioning to remote work. He provides solid frameworks on how to think about 1:1s to be more effective and how he once had to do 1:1s while playing ping-pong.
In this week's episode of Technically Human, we talk with Eric Gong, former VP of engineering. He recalls one of his toughest moments as an eng manager where he wasn't sure if he made the right call and whether or not his actions caused his dev to quit.