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We'll Be Back January 2022!


We’re taking a break to make a few BIG updates to the show and will return in January 2022! We won’t be completely gone... We’re releasing a few “experimental” episodes and preparing to announce the 2022 ELC Summit. Help us define the future of the show! Send us an email to [email protected] with feedback, topics, or guest ideas! To stay updated on the ELC Summit & our return make sure you're signed up for ELC's newsletter below!
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Oct 12, 2021

Building Autonomous Teams & Engineering Career Ladders

with Sri Viswanath

Sri Viswanath (CTO @ Atlassian) shares Atlassian’s approach to building autonomous teams, the story behind Project Pascal & how Atlassian built their engineering career ladder! You’ll learn Sri’s 3 key areas to creating autonomy (principles, priorities & process), creating transparency at scale, and common & counter-intuitive process changes. Plus the key elements to build/launch a successful engineering career growth plan!
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Oct 05, 2021

The Impact of Mentoring & Paying It Forward

with Li Fan

Li Fan (CTO @ Circle) shares about the power of mentoring and the impact of paying it forward! We cover Li’s career journey, the mentors that have inspired and shaped her leadership, and how Li’s passed along those lessons to the people she’s mentored. Through Li’s stories, we uncover the long-term impact and ripple effect when you pay it forward.
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Episode 66: We'll Be Back January 2022!

We’re taking a break to make a few BIG updates to the show and will return in January 2022! We won’t be completely gone... We’re releasing a few “experimental” episodes and preparing to announce the 2022 ELC Summit. Help us define the future of the show! Send us an email to [email protected] with feedback, topics, or guest ideas! To stay updated on the ELC Summit & our return make sure you're signed up for ELC's newsletter below!
Oct 20, 2021

Episode 65: Building Autonomous Teams & Engineering Career Ladders

with Sri Viswanath

Sri Viswanath (CTO @ Atlassian) shares Atlassian’s approach to building autonomous teams, the story behind Project Pascal & how Atlassian built their engineering career ladder! You’ll learn Sri’s 3 key areas to creating autonomy (principles, priorities & process), creating transparency at scale, and common & counter-intuitive process changes. Plus the key elements to build/launch a successful engineering career growth plan!
Oct 12, 2021

Episode 64: The Impact of Mentoring & Paying It Forward

with Li Fan

Li Fan (CTO @ Circle) shares about the power of mentoring and the impact of paying it forward! We cover Li’s career journey, the mentors that have inspired and shaped her leadership, and how Li’s passed along those lessons to the people she’s mentored. Through Li’s stories, we uncover the long-term impact and ripple effect when you pay it forward.
Oct 05, 2021

Episode 64: BONUS: Building Your AI Organization

with Maia Brenner

Maia Brenner (AI Specialist & Head of Business Development @ Tryolabs) shares the fundamentals to begin your company’s AI/ML journey! We cover the most common challenges & pitfalls eng leaders face when investing in AI, how to understand feasibility/impact & ROI of different AI/ML initiatives, how to build your AI roadmap, how to break down massive AI/ML projects into small experiments, and how to accelerate different phases of your AI/ML strategy with partners like Tryolabs.
Oct 05, 2021

Episode 63: Speed vs. Quality

with Richard Wong

Richard Wong (SVP of Engineering @ Coursera) shares how the dilemma of speed & quality evolves as a company scales. We cover how to balance building new features & fixing quality issues, internal & external signals to help you determine your priorities, & how to gain alignment. Plus how to avoid over-engineering!
Sep 28, 2021

Episode 62: Changing Priorities & Making Massive Engineering Pivots

with Vivian Shen

Juni scaled 2x-3x week-over-week in the 1st month of Covid-19 restrictions. Vivian Shen (Co-Founder & CEO @ Juni Learning) shares why they had to massively shift priorities from growth to internal tooling/operations & how they gained buy-in from their engineering teams throughout the process. Plus you’ll hear about their pitch process to surface innovative ideas, and how the “engineering pod” team structure increases ownership, creativity & directly connects engineering to user impact!
Sep 21, 2021

Episode 61: The “Energy Audit,” Reclaiming Your Time, & Increasing Ownership

with Brad Henrickson

Brad Henrickson (Leadership Coach, Former CTO @ Scoop Technologies) shares how to reclaim ownership of your time by using an energy/calendar audit! You’ll learn the mechanics of how to conduct an energy audit and how to transform energy-draining moments engineering leaders commonly encounter, into energy-giving moments. Plus how to apply this at scale to amplify energy AND increase ownership throughout your entire org!
Sep 14, 2021

Episode 60: Debate! Flat vs. Hierarchical Organizations

with Farhan Thawar & Jerry Krikheli

Welcome to our community’s FIRST DEBATE! Farhan Thawar (VPE @ Shopify) & Jerry Krikheli (Sr. Director of Engineering @ Facebook) hash out which org structure should rule them all… Should you go flat? Or should you become a hierarchy? In this debate, you'll hear how each structure impacts culture, innovation, and velocity!
Sep 07, 2021

Episode 59: Lessons on Hyper-Growth & Scaling

with David Singleton & Bill Coughran

You've found the mythical product-market fit & are scaling fast... now what?! Bill Coughran (Partner @ Sequoia Capital; Former SVP Engineering @ Google) & David Singleton (CTO @ Stripe) cover common mistakes scaling engineering orgs make, signals to help you identify & develop good managers internally AND find great hires externally. Plus how to balance short & long term demands while scaling & more!
Aug 31, 2021

Episode 58: Build or Buy: Scaling Through Acquisitions & Ownership

with Marianna Tessel & Aileen Lee

Marianna Tessel (CTO @ Intuit) & Aileen Lee (Founder/Managing Partner @ Cowboy Ventures) cover how to navigate the build vs. buy decision! They share the frameworks they use to make a “buy” decision, how they assess engineering talent during acquisitions, how they decide between vendor software vs. open-source vs. building yourself. Plus the leadership skills that help Marianna lead a 5,000+ person team!
Aug 24, 2021
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