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    Ochronus

    Ochronus

    A senior engineering manager

    Berlin
    47 posts
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    Goya

    Goya is an Urdu word for the moment when fantasy is so realistic that it temporarily becomes reality It refers to the total suspension of disbelief you get with good, powerful storytelling.

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    career

    Use Active Listening to Boost Your Career

    The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary for career success. Learn how to get better at it.

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    management

    The 4 Key Ways We Fail As Engineering Managers

    Being a successful engineering manager is not easy. Learn about the 4 key ways of failure you need to watch.

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    growth

    Kindness is a hidden software engineering superpower

    Kindness is a hidden superpower for software engineers. It helps your peers feel safe, and if they feel safe people take the risks that enable efficient, honest communication and thus real collaboration.

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    growth

    7 harmful biases in performance reviews

    Unbiased performance reviews are key to a healthy organization and people’s growth. Learn about the typical biases in the process and how to counter them.

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    communication

    Communication skills for successful software engineers

    Understand how communication is an essential skill area for successful software developers on all levels.

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    hiring

    Acing your technical interview – a hiring manager’s guide

    Learn how to prepare and excel at your next technical interview with these tips from a seasoned hiring manager

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    hiring

    The top 11 technical interview myths

    These myths work against a good interview experience and the candidates’ chances to get hired, so I’d like to call them out and refute them.

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    self

    The four dangerous animals of product development

    These four kinds of personalities and mindsets are holding your product development back.

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    coaching

    How to stop winning arguments

    We tend to treat arguments as fights or zero-sum games which hinders their original purpose. We should stop doing that.

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    self

    The stories we tell ourselves

    We have a mechanism that creates unhappiness, difficulty changing habits, relationship problems, frustration, anger and disappointment. We are usually not aware of this, but it is happening continuously and in all of us.

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    covid

    On COVID, burnout, teams and self-care

    Burnout Burnout is simply much more likely to happen in the current situation. Most believe that the primary cause of burnout is workload…

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    goalsetting

    The 101 of effective goal setting

    Goal setting is one of the most important ways to foster growth, let's look at some key concepts and frameworks.

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    hiring

    Top 12 questions you get as a hiring manager

    I have gathered the top 12 questions candidates asked me as a hiring manager.

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    feedback

    Thoughts on giving feedback

    A good, blameless feedback culture is essential for working together efficiently as it forms healthy relationships, fuels personal and professional growth and aligns us with common norms. Feedback is one of the cornerstones of company culture.

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    growth

    Learning at work is work

    Everyone agrees that constant learning and having a growth mindset are fundamental to success in software engineering. Yet once you are done with onboarding at your new job as a software engineer the rat race seems to begin, leaving no dedicated time for learning.

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    coaching

    Questions vs. directions

    Asking questions is a basic coaching technique but doing it properly is a matter of practice, finding a good balance and avoiding some common pitfalls. As with most of the things in life.

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    one-on-one

    The basics of one-on-ones

    Conducting good 1:1 sessions is one of the most frustrating skills new engineering leads need to learn. Read about best practices that worked for me on both sides of this relationship – as an engineer and as an engineering manager. I’ll also mention some common pitfalls to avoid.

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    self

    Excuse no. 13 - this is how I am

    Don't limit yourself with excuses. How you are can change and it is completely up to you.

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    management

    Kill your heroes

    Hero engineers can be deadly to team culture, it's time to retire those capes.

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    self

    Engineering managers, stop coding!

    Try this instead: every time you feel the urge to write code, instead spend the time reading or learning something related to management.

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    coaching

    Staying motivated while growing

    The key to progress is the temptation of constant challenge, with tasks that remain both achievable and interesting, broken up into pieces of work that are just right.

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