TL;DR: A great list of all the dimensions that is comprised in an engineering management role, by the GM of Box. Not an easy role!
I constantly run into folks  who want to become engineering managers – by that I mean managers within an engineering organization (vs. managers of engineering teams) . I usually ask them “why do you want to be an engineering manager?” and that leads to (a series of) conversations along the axes I’m going to outline below. Rarely do I cross paths with someone who has already thought things through and has a good answer as to why they want to lead and why they are qualified to lead. Moreover, I run into many *current* engineering managers who’ve never had this conversation (with themselves, with their team, or with their manager).
I had this chat with someone recently who asked me a very valid follow-up question: “so how do I get better at it?”. In order to talk through how to evolve as an engineering manager, let’s first walk through the different dimensions that make up the role.