Being VP of Engineering is Harder than Being CEO
Being CEO is notoriously challenging. But there’s another job that’s even harder… VP of Engineering. I would know. I’ve been both. As VPs of Engineering, we spend all day translating between two different worlds. We spent time in both worlds but don’t fully belong to either. Other executives see us as technical. Our teams see us as business. It’s lonely. It’s also the reason we’re in a unique position to help our company succeed. The best engineering leaders are great translators. We bring context about the business to developers and educate non-technical stakeholders on how software gets made. In this session I share how to translate engineering to execs, why you should give non-technical leaders more technical detail than you’re giving them now and what metrics to share with your business every week. You’ll leave with actionable tips for achieving alignment with your business, negotiating for more headcount and non-functional investment and having more constructive conversations with your CEO. Plus every attendee will get a copy of the engineering metrics scorecard I share every week with our exec team.
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