Earlier this month I attended New York’s LeadDeveloper conference which is dedicated to empowering engineering managers and scaling technical-organizations. The panels were well balanced with a mix of strategy and low-level tactics. I tend to prefer tactical talks as of late, but a mix is good and I wrote a set of takeaways and highlights on my favorite talks.

High Level Strategy Talks

Being Glue What I came to understand by its moniker The Glue Talk, was by NYC native Tanya Reilly. This was first time hearing the term glue, but it aligns with what I value in a growth-minded engineering team. It was…


Tactics for cultivating growth-minded behavior to build transformative product engineering teams

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The best teams consist of growth-minded individuals focused on collaboration and learning. Small teams aligned on these principles can achieve what large-teams are incapable. That is building differentiated products that customers love.

Hiring growth-minded individuals isn’t enough. An organization needs to champion a set of principles and values. These are some of the values I focus on and tactics for implementing them.

Build Relationships Through Support

Everyone does support. Empathize with your customers. Learn from their challenges.

There are organizations that discourage engineers talking to customers. Often layering product or accounts/customer-success as a barrier between engineering and customers. This creates distance. …

Morgan Craft

CTO @ Hickory Training. Father. Mentor. Product Dreamer.

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