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Tech Leadership Weekly

Issue 83, September 27, 2017

First Round Review
How Instagram Co-founder Mike Krieger Took Its Engineering Org from 0 to 300 People

Scaling an engineering team from one to 300 requires starting with passionate generalists. As the organization grows, those generalist needs to specialize. Add managers sooner than later, even if the need isn't obvious. As engineers specialize, organize teams around platforms. Shift those teams to align around products as the organization continues to grow. Structure your engineering team to foster shared responsibility for creating a quality product.

Reading Time: 15 minutes

Tess Rothstein
Facilitation tips for better meetings

A lot can go wrong when a group of passionate, intelligent people get together to talk through a problem. A well run meeting needs a facilitator, someone to reign in the group if they get off track. Set a time limit on each agenda section, and reference it to focus or conclude conversation. Move conversations between two or three people outside the meeting. Interrupt the interrupters to give others the opportunity to speak. Offer quieter personalities an opportunity to speak. Drive the conversation towards actionable conclusions. A well run meeting is effective, inclusive, and fun.

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Claire Lew
The Bad News Advantage

Leaders who give honest feedback are rated five times more effective than those who do not. Employees yearn for honest feedback. They want to understand how to improve and how they can become more effective. Sharing honest feedback and bad news helps you to become a better leader, engage your team, and give your employees what they need to be successful.

Reading Time: 3 minute

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