All the best engineering advice I stole from non-technical people


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As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
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2 days ago by alexpbrown
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
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3 days ago by kejadlen
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best advice, the things that stuck with me, came from people who had no background at all in software. via Pocket
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5 days ago by ghiden
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best advice, the things that stuck with me, came from people who had no background at all in software.

I have been blessed (or cursed depending on your viewpoint I guess) with the privilege of high impact work on critical systems. This is work that naturally brings out a lot of self-doubt and an...
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8 days ago by alexmel
Marianne Bellotti Aug 4 · 13 min read Vector created by rawpixel As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on…
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9 days ago by michaelfox
3. “Before you can make things better, you have to stop making them worse”
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12 days ago by sangeth
Having a culture where people are not optimizing to avoid mentioning something true but irrelevant means we make better technical decisions overall because we get the benefit of every teammate’s complete perspective

How I changed my approach: I think about Leslie’s comment a lot when I’m working with engineering teams. Too often engineers get so wrapped up in wanting to prove they’re good enough they railroad colleagues with complimentary skillsets without realizing it. Software engineers suddenly act like they can be their own product managers, designers, copy editors, and sales people. It isn’t always clear to professionals in other disciplines that this need to be a one person team is how engineers look for acceptance and respect.
When I find myself itching to interrupt someone with my thoughts about a topic I try to ask myself “what am I being asked to be an expert in here?” Often I realize that in my enthusiasm to show my casual knowledge I’m about to correct someone that who has devoted a considerable amount of time and effort into developing their expertise in the topic. I never regret keeping my mouth shut and letting them speak.

How I changed my approach: A big part of what I do as an engineering manager is stopping truly brilliant people from executing on plans that begin with the words “I can just do this myself in a weekend.”
If you’re doing things for colleagues and denying them the ability to either do it themselves or participate in the process, you’re not helping, you’re making them dependent on you. Even if the end result is much faster doing it yourself.

Organizations have to constantly be reminded that they hired great people who know what they are doing. They know that in the beginning, but over time if the value of their employees is not observable then the trust degrades and bureaucracy becomes more and more attractive to leadership. The reason why people have to be told to take time off when they have unlimited vacation time, or go home early if they’re finished at 2pm, or not to answer emails after midnight is because they have innate understanding that being observed working is more valuable than the results of their work
12 days ago by limeonaire
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best advice, the things that stuck with me, came from people who had no background at all in software.
12 days ago by cmiller
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13 days ago by jurvis
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
13 days ago by te-online
1. “People like us make our money in the seams of things”.
2. “Know what people are asking you to be an expert in”.
3. “Before you can make things better, you have to stop making them worse”.
4. “To go left, turn right”.
5. “Thinking is also work”.
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13 days ago by drmeme
All the best engineering advice I stole from non-technical people via Instapaper https://ift.tt/2KnyTMy
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13 days ago by craniac
People like us make our money in the seams of things
Know what people are asking you to be an expert in
Before you can make things better, you have to stop making them worse
To go left, turn right
Thinking is also work
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14 days ago by ftofani
Marianne Bellotti Aug 4 · 13 min read Vector created by rawpixel As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on…
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Marianne Bellotti Aug 5 · 13 min read Vector created by rawpixel As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on…
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Aug 5 · 13 min read Vector created by rawpixel As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that…
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16 days ago by divigation
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best advice, the things that stuck with me, came from people who had no background at all in software.
16 days ago by jayhoffmann
via Pocket - All the best engineering advice I stole from non-technical people - Added August 04, 2019 at 10:35PM
17 days ago by mikele
"Thinking is also work" and four other important principles of effective work:
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17 days ago by topgold
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
17 days ago by mamuso
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
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17 days ago by jfmcdowell
Aug 4 · 13 min read Vector created by rawpixel As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that…
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18 days ago by abrad45
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
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19 days ago by djbl
1. “People like us make our money in the seams of things”
2. “Know what people are asking you to be an expert in”
Bonus advice from a technical person: “You didn’t trick anyone, we know who we hired”
3. “Before you can make things better, you have to stop making them worse”
4. “To go left, turn right”
5. “Thinking is also work”

discuss:
* https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20610839
* https://lobste.rs/s/qaitxp/all_best_engineering_advice_i_stole_from
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19 days ago by pronoiac
Highlights:

100:10:1 approach from creative writing. Brainstorm 100 things, research the best 10 (for some definition of "best"), then work on the most important 1 based on results of the research.

Before you can make things better, you have to stop making them worse.

Time for thinking is important.
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19 days ago by tobym
Aug 4 · 13 min read Vector created by rawpixel As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that…
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19 days ago by disnet
1. “People like us make our money in the seams of things”
2. “Know what people are asking you to be an expert in”
3. “Before you can make things better, you have to stop making them worse”
4. “To go left, turn right”
5. “Thinking is also work”
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19 days ago by jbkcc
As I focus on becoming a better manager of engineers, I have been reflecting more and more on the advice that produced a 10X boost in my abilities at that same stage. More often than not the best…
19 days ago by ipaulo