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We'll Be Back in The New Year!


It’s been a few months since we released an episode… You might be wondering “Where have we been? And what’s going on with our show?” We took a break for the final preparation and production of the ELC Summit, our big annual conference for engineering leaders. We will be back with more episodes in the new year! We're recording new episodes as we speak! AND experimenting with new ideas and formats for the show. We can’t wait to share everything with you when we return in the new year! Join us for one of our upcoming live events at sfelc.com/events
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with Erica Lockheimer VPE, LinkedIn Learning @ LinkedIn

Erica Lockheimer shares with us her imperfect path to engineering leadership, why the unconventional path matters, and what you can do as an individual leader & organization to empower engineering leaders with unconventional backgrounds. Plus you’ll also hear how to overcome self-doubt, and launch an apprenticeship program.
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Sep 20, 2020

Leading AI/ML Teams

with Craig Martell Head of LyftML @ Lyft

Craig Martell shares the biggest mistakes leaders of machine learning teams make, what to do if you have no experience leading an ML team, key skills your ML team needs, plus different models/approaches to building an ML team. You’ll hear the most expensive and time-consuming parts of machine learning, how to estimate timelines, unique tech debt, and how to manage expectations.
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Episode 29: We'll Be Back in The New Year!

It’s been a few months since we released an episode… You might be wondering “Where have we been? And what’s going on with our show?” We took a break for the final preparation and production of the ELC Summit, our big annual conference for engineering leaders. We will be back with more episodes in the new year! We're recording new episodes as we speak! AND experimenting with new ideas and formats for the show. We can’t wait to share everything with you when we return in the new year! Join us for one of our upcoming live events at sfelc.com/events
Dec 08, 2020

Episode 28: "The Imperfect Path"

with Erica Lockheimer VPE, LinkedIn Learning @ LinkedIn

Erica Lockheimer shares with us her imperfect path to engineering leadership, why the unconventional path matters, and what you can do as an individual leader & organization to empower engineering leaders with unconventional backgrounds. Plus you’ll also hear how to overcome self-doubt, and launch an apprenticeship program.
Sep 27, 2020

Episode 27: Leading AI/ML Teams

with Craig Martell Head of LyftML @ Lyft

Craig Martell shares the biggest mistakes leaders of machine learning teams make, what to do if you have no experience leading an ML team, key skills your ML team needs, plus different models/approaches to building an ML team. You’ll hear the most expensive and time-consuming parts of machine learning, how to estimate timelines, unique tech debt, and how to manage expectations.
Sep 20, 2020

Episode 26: Give Up Control and Expand Your Impact

with Maria Latushkin CTO @ Omada Health

“Giving up control” is about empowering other people to scale yourself, and scale your effectiveness. Maria Latushkin shares with us why you need to give up control as an engineering leader and what holds people back. Plus you’ll learn tons of different ways to influence and manage your performance when it’s dependent on other people’s effectiveness.
Sep 13, 2020

Episode 25: Growing Into a VPE - Patterns & Anti-Patterns

with Cathy Polinsky, Jerry Krikheli, Richard Wong, Erica Lockheimer & Claire Lew

A dynamic conversation between 4 current and past VPs of Engineering who cover all things about becoming a VPE! You'll hear how leadership is different in large vs. small companies, mental models to determine your greatest leverage, why you DON’T need to act like an owner, how to put trust into practice when you’re transitioning into a new role, and about the imperfect path to become a VPE.
Sep 06, 2020

Episode 24: *Bonus* Optimizing Productivity for Remote Engineering Teams

with Doug Gaff & Emma Tang

We were overwhelmed by questions from our event with Doug and Emma! This is a bonus follow up conversation to further dig into measuring productivity through “Waterlining” and Kaplan Meier estimating, hashtags in communication, remote 1:1 best practices, and Doug shows us some of the creative ways he applies Zapier integrations for his personal productivity!
Aug 30, 2020

Episode 23: Optimizing Productivity for Remote Engineering Teams

with Doug Gaff & Emma Tang

Doug Gaff and Emma Tang discuss high-bandwidth communication, innovation accounting, preventing developer burnout, influencing teams, and communicating priorities. They’ll help you move from frustration and survival in remote work, back to optimized productivity!
Aug 30, 2020

Episode 22: How to Become a Startup VPE

with Martin Casado & Sonal Chokshi

Martin Casado and Sonal Chokshi explore what makes a great VP of Engineering at startups! You’ll hear how successful VPEs are evaluated, the ideal experience, and success criteria. You’ll hear rapid-fire responses covering how to scale yourself, KPIs, the ideal VPE hiring time for startups, and what VPEs should definitely NOT do.
Aug 27, 2020

Episode 21: Conscious Career Growth (part 2)

with Wade Chambers

Your job as an engineering leader is to win, and increase your capacity to win. In Part 2, Wade Chambers discusses how to measure success for engineering leaders, what great looks like, AND how to increase your team’s performance and improve their potential! You’ll also hear how to identify where you're stuck and what to do to move your career forward.
Aug 16, 2020

Episode 20: Conscious Career Growth (part 1)

with Wade Chambers

Wade Chambers discusses how to learn anything by applying “conscious growth” and neuroplasticity to your career. You’ll learn how to get unstuck, and move your career forward. Plus Wade also shares stories about his early failures as an engineering manager, and what he wished he knew when he first became a manager.
Aug 09, 2020
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