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SimpleLeadership Podcast

SimpleLeadership specifically focuses on improving the craft of software engineering leadership. As a VP of Engineering & CTO I am acutely aware of the lack of good resources available for new and existing software engineering managers. SimpleLeadership is designed for both new and experienced software & technology managers who want to build high-performing teams, better motivate & mentor their employees, reduce attrition and advance their career. It is for people who want to go beyond just being a manager and become a true leader. In this interview based show I ask each guest to share their journey from individual contributor to software engineering manager and provide any guidance on the transition. The SimpleLeadership Podcast will present real and actionable stories from people who have navigated their way from being an individual contributor into a software engineering manager. We will also hear from experts on specifics of team dynamics, motivation, feedback, leadership and many more aspects of being a successful engineering manager.
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Apr 29, 2018

Erica is an engineering manager for the integrations and data analytics teams at SalesLoft –
where she’s helping grow the product engineering team for the 4th fastest growing software
company in North America and #1 best place to work in Atlanta. During her 18 year career in
tech, she’s worked with large companies, including Boeing, FOX Interactive Media and Turner
Broadcasting, as well as early-stage startups--of which 2 were acquired, by MySpace and
Oracle.

Erica works passionately towards diversity and inclusion in tech, via education and exposure to
opportunities. In 2013, she started the Atlanta network of Women Who Code, where she
organizes conferences, hackathons, developer workshops, monthly tech talks and networking
events for women technologists. In addition, Erica collaborates with companies to help improve
strategies around diversity and inclusion. She also helps develop and teach youth coding
programs, speaks at tech events and mentors entrepreneurs for various incubators and
accelerators.

On today's episode we discuss improving diversity and inclusion at companies and how important it is in building high performing teams.  We also discuss Women Who Code, The WeRise Conference and 100 Girls of Code.

Contact Info:
Company Website:  https://salesloft.com/
Personal Website:  http://www.ericastanley.io/
Conference Website:  https://werise.tech/
Twitter: @ericastanley

Show Notes:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Rooney Rule

100 Girls of Code

Women Who Code

Software Lead Weekly

The Manager's Path

Apr 23, 2018

Dennis is the Head of Integration at HiredScore, a startup that helps large companies achieve their hiring and recruiting goals using deep system integrations and AI.  Dennis is a former team and group leader at Sears Israel working on large scale social e-commerce platform and before that he was a team leader and a full stack developer at the Israeli Air Force.   He is passionate about people growth and company culture.

On today's episode we discuss the challenges, both logistical and emotional, when a manager decides to leave their team and company.  This is based on Dennis' personal experience leaving his past company and a blog post he wrote about it.

Contact Info:

https://medium.com/@dennisnerush

https://twitter.com/DennisNerush</p

https://hiredscore.com 

Show Notes:

The hard thing about hard things: When a manager decides to quit

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

 

Apr 16, 2018

Katie is a Director of Engineering at Buffer, a globally distributed team with no offices, and O’Reilly author. At Buffer, she leads the engineering team focusing on crafting productive, effective teams and delivering a world class software product. She previously worked as software engineer before moving into leadership. Her writing has appeared in The Next Web, Inc Magazine and Fast Company.

Contact Info:

website: http://katiewomersley.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/katie_womers
Medium: >https://medium.com/@kawomersley
 
Show Notes:
 
The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise
 
Brene Brown - Listening to Shame
 
Cate Huston Blog
 
Lara Hogan Blog
 
The Manager's Path
 
Manager's Tools Podcast
 
High Output Management
 
Julie Zhuo Blog
Apr 8, 2018

Rachael is an engineering manager for the infrastructure and backend teams at Lever, a collaborative hiring software product helping companies recruit and grow their teams. She joined the team in 2014 as a product engineer and was one of the first employees to kickoff internal discussions around diversity and inclusion. She transitioned into a management role over a year ago and is dedicated to growing engineering teams who have a strong combination of technical and soft skills.

On today's episode we discuss best practices in hiring and diversity and inclusion in tech companies.

Contact Info:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rkstedman/https://twitter.com/rkstedman

Twitter: @rkstedman

Show Notes:

Lever - The Diversity & Inclusion Handbook

Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

Textio - Augmented Writing

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