Reflections on My First Year at Medallia

My name is Kacyn, and this week is my one-year anniversary of working as a Software Engineer at Medallia. I’ve been reflecting on my first year, and as a female engineer and recent graduate, I’m excited to share my perspective with you. I come from a community that has prioritized the promotion of gender equality. … Continue reading “Reflections on My First Year at Medallia”

The secret ingredient behind a successful tech lead

Healthy engineering teams are generally structured in a pretty horizontal manner, and yet, for various reasons it is quite common to appoint one of the engineers as Tech Lead (TL). There are many skills and personality traits that can make a tech lead successful: a coder ninja, a great listener, the ability to say no, … Continue reading “The secret ingredient behind a successful tech lead”

Leadership Doesn’t Need a Title

This blog is not about Engineering Managers, instead it is about the Individual Contributors (IC) and the role that leadership plays. During the span of my internship, I have spoken with engineers and engineering managers at Medallia. Leadership has been a common theme in many conversations. By listening to their anecdotes, I have gained understanding … Continue reading “Leadership Doesn’t Need a Title”

Rethinking Recruiting

When I first became a Manager of Engineering, I was expecting a lot of challenges; delivering product on time and with quality, defining technical roadmap and addressing current debt, working on career path. I also knew about a particular requirement on the job description: Get the right people on board. Being a software engineer at … Continue reading “Rethinking Recruiting”

An Open Source Guide to Management

Countless books and articles have been written to fill the vast space created by the breadth and depth of management and leadership topics. At the same time, war stories and tools of the trade have been shared among colleagues over beer and coffee — firsthand experiences that radiate out through blogs and social media posts. … Continue reading “An Open Source Guide to Management”

Engineering Management Recruiting is Broken — Here’s How to Fix It

Engineering management recruiting is broken. Why? The fundamental reason is that companies have done exactly what comes naturally to them: to be self-centered. They focus on what they want, and unfortunately, this tends to turn recruiting into a skill-set wish list. As a result, companies seek candidates that can check boxes on a job requirement … Continue reading “Engineering Management Recruiting is Broken — Here’s How to Fix It”

How to Hire a Great Engineering Manager

How do you hire a great engineering manager? It’s a question I’ve been grappling with a lot, as the company I’ve been leading has doubled in size every year for the past five years. At times, I’ve thought great engineering managers might not even exist. What is it that a great engineering manager has? Obviously, … Continue reading “How to Hire a Great Engineering Manager”

Good engineering managers aren’t just hard to find — they don’t exist

Everyone talks about how difficult it is to hire great software engineers in the Valley. And it is. But nobody’s talking about how hard — really hard — it is to find good engineering managers. While good engineers might be famously tough to hire, at least they’re easy to find. Good engineering managers, on the other … Continue reading “Good engineering managers aren’t just hard to find — they don’t exist”