One of the hardest things I struggled with in my transition from a tech lead to an engineering manager is stepping away from personally driving projects to supporting others to do so in my stead. It was challenging to both enable my team to independently drive their projects while still ensuring they were completed correctly and on time.
I learned this framework that I’ve found extremely useful and I still conciously revisit this periodically, especially when I find myself in a similar situation.
- Align on the end goal(s)
- Set clear expectations
- Provide continuous feedback
Easy to say. Hard to do.
(I’ve been jotting down my learned lessons and musings on career growth, management and leadership in this series of posts. It was intentionally just a collection for personal reference, but perhaps it may also be helpful to you.)