A Day in the Life: Geof Hutson, Engineering Manager at Procurify
Hi, I’m Geof Hutson. I’m a Senior Engineering Manager at Procurify and this is what a day in my life at Procurify looks like.
My morning routine
Most days, I wake up before my alarm goes off. My body just knows that it’s time to get up and there are things to look forward to. My daughter is in kindergarten so I wake her up, get her ready for school, and pack her lunch. We also FaceTime my mother in Indiana and we read books with Grandma in the morning before school.
Once my daughter’s off to school and the dishes are put away, I grab my coffee and head to my office upstairs. Other people at Procurify are very particular about their coffee, and I respect that. Coffee is very important to a lot of people. When I went into the office I used to make a pretty good latte, but now it’s a plain drip coffee with oat milk. It may not be fancy, but it gets me going!
I try to get to my desk by 8:30 a.m. and most of my meetings start at 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m., so I give myself some time to check my email and Slack before jumping into them. This way, I start the day on top of my work and ahead of the game.
Most of my morning meetings are standups with the four teams that report to me. I want to be engaged and present with my team, and the standups are a great way for me to plug into what they’re doing and listen to what they have to say. I especially like it when we start those meetings with weekend activities and the human aspect of it all. Even though we work remotely, it’s these gatherings that make us feel connected, and I’m lucky that I get to do that with four teams.
One or two days a week, we have other organization meetings and group discussions. These could be our demos, town halls, engineering chapter meetings, or other check-ins that are more focused on the wider organization. In these sessions, many departments come together to share information and talk about the work that teams are delivering.
Lunchtime and afternoons
Then it’s time for lunch. I usually step away from my desk for 30 minutes to an hour for lunch. This is the time when I can reflect on my work and my personal life, eat, check the laundry, and go outside to stretch my legs and take in some fresh air. But Fridays are totally different. I always look forward to Fridays because I often go and meet people in person for lunch.
After lunch, there are a couple of different things that go on in the afternoons, depending on the day. I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing lately, so I spend some time doing interview prep, reading resumes, preparing questions, and following up.
Then, I also usually have 1:1s with my four direct reports. I also meet with other engineering managers and talk with leaders in other areas to discuss strategic direction.
After this, I tend to work through project-related tasks. This includes things like reviewing documents in the planning process, technical scoping, planning the next quarter, and working with product managers, team leads, and designers to build a future road map.
But, it’s not all work. We have fun too! About once a month we have virtual hangouts with the team across Canada. We’ll indulge in some friendly competition by playing some kind of collaborative online game, talk about current events, or just hang out. It’s a great way to be social and continue team building. We also find ways to create opportunities for people to get together in person once a quarter. For example, we might meet up at the office and go to a happy hour or grab dinner together.
I also enjoy the virtual events that Procurify puts on like the virtual escape room, speed friendships, and diversity, equity, and inclusion roundtable meetings.
I usually wrap up work around 5:30 p.m. I’ll pick up my daughter from her after-school program and spend a couple of hours hanging out with her. We’ll eat dinner, read books, and play games. Once she’s in bed, I’ll catch up on one of the ten TV shows I’m currently watching. Right now, I’m watching Ted Lasso.
I might also check Slack one more time before bed just to make sure I’m caught up and everything’s ready for tomorrow. This isn’t asked for at Procurify, nor is it an everyday occurrence, but as a manager, I feel like I need to be accountable to my teams in the best possible way.
And that, folks, is a day in the life of an engineering manager at Procurify.