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"I generally say developers want to do three things... They want to solve hard problems at scale. They want to see that hard problem when they solve it... get put to use! The third thing that I think, honestly, is they just don't want to work with jerks.

I think if you master those three things then you end up with a very happy and productive development team.”



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If you're measuring and managing engineering teams by metrics, I think you're missing the point. Metrics can give you information about the car you're driving, but they don't drive the car.



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Maker Time

Maker Time

I'll give, I'll give you an example. Here at Slack, we had a... pattern over the past year where people were not having enough time to sort of spend time to actually doing coding. And when we actually went back and surveyed our developers, they were saying they didn't have enough time to do "deep...


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Team metrics don't grade the manager

Jerry Li: Are the managers accountable for improving metrics to create a better environment for developers to be productive?

Allan Leinwand: They're not responsible for improving their metrics. There's no judging of managers based upon the metrics. There's ...


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Don't use metrics for the wrong reason

Metrics aren't about measuring productivity or grading someone.

What has to happen is you have to ask yourself "If this team is not as productive, Team A is not as productive as team B... what's in Team A's way? What can we do to help them? Are they having trouble writing tests? Are they no...


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Engineering metric examples

Engineering metric examples

So I think that some of the important metrics that we look at to get to the right answer are again, things along the lines of how quickly can a developer get an environment? How quickly can they get tests written? How quickly can they get a build deployed? How quickly can they get that code merge...


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