Glue work is career limiting

Tanya Reilly has a truly killer presentation called Being Glue which I rediscover every six months or so and always read in full. She argues that many engineers need to stop doing crucial glue work if they want to move up.

Stop interviewing, stop organizing the off-sites, stop onboarding, stop fielding requests from users, stop anything that sounds like team building. Stop helping other people with their work. Archive mail. Quit slack channels. Do not curate the team roadmap.

Crucially: don’t catch things that are about to drop.

Tanya Reilly

If reading that makes you as mad as it made me, then you’re the target audience.


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