Winning Hack Weeks

I love hack weeks. I feed on the energy, the buzz, and the creativity during the week and for months after. I thrive on meeting new people from across the company and collaborating together in new ways. And every once in a while, I’m lucky enough to be on a winning team! March 3, 2016... Continue Reading →

Strategies for creating an environment of continuous learning

I was invited to participate in a LeadDev panel on continuous learning, which is one of my very favorite topics, especially in the context of engineering management. I had a great conversation with Kevin Goldsmith from Anaconda, Tara Ojo from the Financial Times, Kristen Spencer from TWG, and Krishnan Srinivasan from Target. These are... Continue Reading →

Cloud Certification for Managers

A couple of years ago I started working with teams at Twitter working on making public cloud offerings available to our developers, and as part of my ramp up, I started taking Google's Cloud Architect training classes for certification. I recently participated in a webinar about certification where I particularly focused on the value it... Continue Reading →

Why it’s not about your good intentions.

I have had three conversations this very week where I shared direct feedback on problematic behavior, and the theme of the responses has been the same: But that person has good intentions. He/she didn't mean it. He/she just has a rough/tough/{insert cultural reference here} personality. He/she is just misunderstood. He/she is just so passionate about... Continue Reading →

Self-reflection on inclusion and diversity

Given national advocacy for the #blacklivesmatter movement, I'm hearing a lot of folks looking for ways to increase their allyship.   I took some time to reflecting on my own efforts and considered them against Twitter's published Inclusion & Diversity Report.   Previous published targets have aimed to increase workforce representation for under-represented minorities, specifically... Continue Reading →

Interview: Amazing Women in Tech

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ari Font (@quicola), Director of Engineering in Twitter's Cortex ML Platform (and our New York Site Lead) recently for her #AmazingWomeninTech series, which she kicked off as part of International Women's Day in March. Interview topics include: #yourstory #whatmakesyouyou #yourhurdles #gratitude #success #privilege #empathy #leadership #covid19 At... Continue Reading →

Remote Work Guide

Amazing timely content: The Holloway Guide to Remote Work. I contributed as a reviewer and can say this is the only guide you need for recruiting, managing, supporting, and just being a remote worker. You can tell Holloway has been developing this content for months. And because of the web format, you can search for... Continue Reading →

LinkedIn Top Voices 2019: Software Development

Just found out I made the LinkedIn Top Voices 2019: Software Development list! #9 Kathleen Vignos, Director of Software Engineering, Twitter What she talks about: As an engineering executive at one of the most famous tech companies in the world, Vignos posts about leadership as a way to "encourage and equip" engineers who are making "the hard transition"... Continue Reading →

Wise Words

Self-esteem is the ability to see yourself as a flawed individual and still hold yourself in regard.  - ESTHER PEREL

How To Get A Job At Twitter

[Photo: ViewApart/iStock] I was recently interviewed by Michael Grothaus of Fast Company for my perspective as a senior hiring manager in engineering on how we hire engineers at Twitter. I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve invested both in a great candidate experience as well as in managing bias. More details in my interview here: Fast... Continue Reading →

Managing engineering teams through constant change

When we managers build teams, we tend to focus on processes for improving efficiency, retention, and performance. But when it comes to change, what you especially need are systems that will build in resilience. Some of the suggestions below are common management techniques, but I’ll point out how they contribute to building resilience.

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