In Episode 4 of Lead Time Chats, Jean Hsu, VP of Engineering at Range, chats with Juan Pablo Buriticá, most recently Head of LatAm Engineering at Stripe, about the common pitfalls engineering managers make at high-growth startups.
Invest your time in learning about the business
Resist the urge to default to comfortably sticking close to the code
“We sometimes default to things that are really easy for us, right, that are comfortable. And when we're first-time managers, it's really comfortable and easy to stay close to the code, to make technical decisions, to not delegate all those things. But we know, well, you're now responsible for the people who are in our team and their growth, and that they understand the business and that they're actually solving those problems. So instead of spending an hour writing code, maybe you spend an hour learning about the business.”
It’s really, really hard to become a manager at a startup with no support or peers
“You have no blueprints and no support. You probably have no peers or peers in similar situations. And you also have a range of folks likely reporting to you with a broad set of experiences, some who have been with good managers, some who have never had management, some who have received feedback, some who haven't and it's really, really hard. Being a manager at a startup is much, much harder without that support framework. And you don't know what you don't know, especially if you're just getting started.”
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Season 1 Episodes
» Episode 1: Will Larson on the path of the senior engineer
» Episode 3: Cate Huston on working with an external coach
» Episode 4: Juan Pablo Buriticá on common eng manager mistakes
» Episode 5: Gergely Orosz on the decision to go into management
» Episode 6: Lara Hogan on leading effectively in a pandemic
» Episode 7: Kaya Thomas on common early career engineer challenges
» Episode 8: Uma Chingunde on starting a VPE role in a pandemic
» Episode 9: Katie Wilde on supporting your team's mental health
» Episode 10: Akhil Gupta on navigating uncertainty in new roles
» Episode 11: Harper Reed on giving everyone a voice in team meetings
» Episode 12: Marc Hedlund on sponsorship