Lessons From a Senior Staff Engineer at Split

Lessons from Joy Ebertz, a Senior Staff Engineer at Split:

  • There is a mental change when moving from a junior to a senior. You don’t see problems as somebody’s else problem, you see all problems as yours. You don’t assume that somebody else will fix them.
  • When the above happens, then you need to be picky about which problem to solve. That is done with prioritization and impact.
  • Delegation is important to help grow others.
  • Your job is to make all of engineering efficient, be it through process, technology, architecture or whatever.
  • We often focus on fixing our weaknesses but forget that it can be easier to amplify our strengths and make them superpowers.
  • All promotion cases are written as good cases, so a promotion committee won’t be looking at negatives and what is being said, but rather on what was not said.

These are key takeaways, highlights or “learnings” that I captured while reading the book Staff Engineer by Will Larson. You can read the full article here. The above takeaways are by far not a complete summary, but rather my personal highlights or understanding (which can be wrong) and thus do not capture all the wisdom in the original article, so you should read the full article to form your own view & understanding.

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