The crappy parts of engineering management

There are two categories of crap: good stuff you lose, and bad stuff you gain.

Good stuff you lose: this post has a solid list of them. TLDR:

Bad stuff you gain:

  • The whole performance review/management process:
  • Meetings, meetings, meetings, meetings
  • Shielding your team leadership or stakeholder nonsense
  • Being a communication middleman
  • Telling stakeholders things won’t be done when they hope
  • Telling stakeholders we won’t build what they want at all (although a good product manager will shoulder a lot of this)

But there’s lots of good stuff too!

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