Interviews with Software Managers in Distributed Teams


Senthil Arivudainambi, VP of Engineering and Product at Walker & Company

“What made you successful in your current role won’t necessarily be the same characteristics that the new position requires. In some areas, you will be starting from square 1, and you will make mistakes.”

October 05, 2020 · #distributed-teams #health

Markus Thurner, Engineering Lead at Cimpress

“The transition to becoming an engineering lead has definitely made me get better at being able to phrase abstract thoughts into something that creates clarity for the team.”

September 07, 2020 · #data-platform #distributed-teams #media

Joshua Powers, Engineering Manager at Canonical

“You must have a passion for your people first and foremost: listen to concerns and issues in 1-1s, ensure they know what is expected, and allow them to stay focused and free from distractions.”

February 24, 2020 · #cloud #distributed-teams #linux #remote

James Meneghello, Engineering Manager at InterExchange

“A job is what you make of it, and you’ll enjoy your time in management much more if you go past the standard “check email, hold meetings” workflow.”

January 27, 2020 · #consulting #data-science #devops #distributed-teams #non-profit #product #remote

Rei Colina, Head of Research and Development at Apty

“The key is to find the sweet spot where I stay close to the technology and architecture at hand, without interfering with the team's flow.”

May 13, 2019 · #data-analytics #distributed-teams #remote #startup

Ray Wenderlich, Co-founder at raywenderlich.com

“I could either change my actions (stop being a manager and get back to programming), or I could change my identity (and think of myself as a manager/leader/entrepreneur).”

April 01, 2019 · #distributed-teams #education #mobile #remote

Cate Huston, Developer Experience Lead at Automattic

“You will get a surprisingly long way if you show up and try and be decent to everyone around you every day.”

March 04, 2019 · #distributed-teams #mobile

Kim Moir, Engineering Manager at Mozilla

“It is a completely different job than a software developer individual contributor with a completely different skill set. It is a steep learning curve but I feel like I’m learning something new every day.”

January 14, 2019 · #build-engineering #distributed-systems #distributed-teams #open-source #remote

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