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I wrote recently about the attributes of a 10x software engineer and a 20x one. I consequently received a few comments suggesting I create a similar list for engineering managers. I checked online and found a few articles, but none conveyed a full list in my mind. If you consider that software development efficiency has become the number one priority for executives, above access to engineering talent or capital, then I guess that’s a topic worth discussing! Engineering managers just might have the biggest impact on the productivity of their engineering teams.
I’ll first go over the attributes for a good engineering manager, and then list what makes a great one.
I tried to prioritize this list, from essential to bonus. Feel free to give me your opinion on this in the comments.
This concludes my list of the attributes of good to great engineering managers. If you think of any I’ve overlooked or have any ideas or suggestions to add, I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave your comments and opinions below!