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Three Best Practices to Grow Your Happiness as a Manager

At first glance, achieving happiness and effective engineering leadership don’t seem to have much in common. Marcy’s talk and my personal experience working with her as an executive coach, have proven that these concepts coincide.

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CTO & Co-Founder

On Management and Leadership

“While I have not had the privilege of managing any engineers, I often find myself leading engineers in various capacities.” This is why I found Cornelia Davis’s presentation “On Management and Leadership” so impactful. Cornelia is a Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Pivotal working on the Cloud Foundry team. In her 25 years of experience, she has probably managed “less than she can count on [her] two hands”, but she exudes leadership qualities. Cornelia simplified her approach to leadership into seven easily digestible concepts. All the concepts are great, and I picked my top three to dig into.

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Software Engineer

Paying Down Cultural Debt

In her Calibrate talk “Paying Down Cultural Debt” Carbon Five’s Sonya Green explores the ways we confuse culture with culture’s byproducts. Rock walls, artisanal beer tastings, and dog-in-the-office policies may reflect aspect of culture, but they aren’t the thing itself. Culture, as Green explores, is the way workers talk to each other, treat each other, and make their most important decisions.

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Engineering Team Lead

Managing Unconscious Bias to Achieve Your Diversity Goals

As a manager, developing the team is now one of your responsibilities, and you’ve decided, based on the research, that you want that team to be diverse. From sourcing diverse candidates into your pipeline to facilitating an inclusive work environment for your minority reports, Megan Anctil, an Operations Engineer at Slack, provided some excellent recommendations at Calibrate for building a diverse team.

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Our Values

Our team has a diverse set of backgrounds, experience and interests across several industries and our values bring us together. We know that culture is based on more than a ping pong table and catered lunch. These aren't just the things we wish we were; they’re the values we hold ourselves accountable to and that we're proud to embody every day.

Here's how our values apply to engineering at Sharethrough.

Purpose

Demand and Share the Context of Your Work

We believe teams are most successful when everyone understands where we're headed and why, giving meaning to the work we do every day. During onboarding you'll meet and learn about team at Sharethrough and every day you'll participate in shaping your work by understanding our market and customers. We encourage close collaboration and communication across Sharethrough, so you know the stakeholders of the features you’re building.

Action

Fail Fast and Learn by Doing

We work in two-week iterations and value decision over perfection. We test-drive to facilitate rapid, responsible progress while our Continuous Deployment pipeline pushes every green build to production. If we aren't shipping, we aren't learning and if we break something - that’s okay our automated deployment cycle means we're always rolling forward to success, and we conduct blameless post mortems so we know how to improve as a team without placing blame on individuals.

Optimism

Think Big and Think Ahead

We embrace uncertainty, get excited when an answer isn't obvious and have confidence in our ability find solutions. Some of the most interesting and difficult problems don't always have obvious answers and hey, hard problems is why we're here. We love looking at our past decisions to see how far we’ve come, and reminding ourselves that the team can always tackle the next set of challenges.

Transparency

Self-Awareness and Effective Communication

You'll have a front-row seat into everything Sharethrough at our regular company all-hands. We facilitate transparency in engineering through standups and retros and while we’ve grown to five distinct engineering teams across three cities (we're primarily in SF), we’re constantly communicating and working together to deliver features from product planning through delivery.

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