By Travis Swicegood, Brandon Hays, Nickolas Means
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Management tips, stories, and interviews to help navigate the challenges of managing creative and technical teams.
||CleanEstimation: Where Everything is Made Up and the Points Don't Matter||Estimation is the bane of many software developers' existence. Nick, Travis, and Brandon discuss (and argue) about why estimation can be valuable, whether it's too expensive, and what you can do to help your team deliver consistent value whether or not||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvercoming Crappy Leadership and the Illusion of Control||With Travis out this week, Nick and Brandon discuss a strongly-worded Twitter thread calling out bad leaders, what they've done that has and hasn't worked, and how listening and vulnerability play into more effective leadership (and parenting).||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTransitioning into Management with Blithe Rocher||Blithe Rocher, Engineering Manager at Fastly joins Nick, Brandon, and Travis to discuss how and when to transition to management, what to expect, and what advice she'd give her past self as she started managing her peers.||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFearless Politics and Eiffel's Tower||Travis and Brandon talk with Nick about his recent Lead Developer talk about Gustav Eiffel, the story of his iconic tower, and how that led to learning to fearlessly and authentically engage in "politics" to accomplish great things in your career.||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEngineering Ladders and Growing Developers with Sean Massa and Trek Glowacki||Engineering leaders Sean Massa and Trek Glowacki join Travis, Nick, and Brandon to discuss what they've learned from their research on engineering ladders and growth tracks across dozens of companies.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Technical Should A Manager Be?||Travis, Nick, and Brandon discuss the technical requirements of being a manager, the cultural impact of a manager's technical skills, and why hiring engineering managers is so difficult.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne on Ones: The Basics||Nick, Travis, and Brandon discuss the purpose of one on ones, how to help get the most from them, avoiding common pitfalls, and share resources on improving them for you and your team.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCTO vs. VP Engineering: What's the Difference?||Travis and Brandon welcome new co-host Nickolas Means, Engineering Manager at GitHub, to talk about the tracks in engineering management, and the differing roles and responsibilities of the CTO and VP of Engineering.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow do I become a better coach?||Travis and Brandon discuss how central coaching is to quality management, the 2-way nature of coaching, and the critical role listening plays in becoming a better coach.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Manager's Job: Applying Google's 10 Traits||In this super-sized episode, Travis and Brandon discuss what makes a great manager, using 10 skills and traits developed by Google's Project Oxygen and updated over the last 10 years.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeasure what Matters: An Intro to OKRs||Travis and Brandon introduce the podcast, discuss the book Measure what Matters by John Doerr, and talk about the value that OKRs can bring to a team.||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|