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Welcome to my newsletter, Tech Dad. No you don't need to be a Dad to gain value from this letter. You don't even need to be a parent. I thought it was a cool catchy name. πŸ˜… We support all mom's and women in tech btw 🀝

Tech Dad is highly relevant for all engineering leaders.

"Engineering leader" in my opinion is anyone who has to lead a group of tech individuals.

That could be a CEO/CTO, VP, Director, Manager, Architect, Tech Lead and similar roles with different titles. Those are all people I either work with or interact with in my external groups.

You might be asking, who am I, what do I know about leadership?

Valid question, what are my crendentials? πŸ€” I am currently the Director of Engineering at Forbes. I am on the Customer Experience Advisory Board for University of California Irvine. I hold my Masters in Cybersecurity and Bachelors in Business.

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I've been lucky to work at some successful organizations including USAA, WebPT, and Ticketmaster. I also tried a few startups, all have failed but I learned a lot from each one. From all those experiences, I learned I really like business, tech and leadership.

I thought the internet had plenty of system design, algorithm and data structure sites.

When I first became a manager, there was a lot I didn't know. There wasn't really anything I enjoyed looking at for resources. As a coder you have YouTube, freecodecamp, udemy, etc.

As a manager:

  • How do I deal with difficult employees?
  • How do you get the most out of a low performer?
  • How do you coach someone smarter than you?
  • How do you give constructive feedback

My favorite resources were super formal and I wanted a more "down to earth" vibe. That's how Tech Dad started.

For those who are curious, I use Ghost.org to manage the newsletter and Notion and Google Workspace to provide the resources and templates.

πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ’»What to expect:

  • Actionable advice for engineering managers, software engineers and tech workers. Topics covered are relevant to those working with software.
  • Get tools and insights to become a more efficient engineering leader.
  • Templates that actually help. If it's running 1 on 1s, pitching software at your org, onboarding new hires, evaluating saas vendors, we'll have a post that can help get you a jumpstart.
  • A parents perspective being in tech. I am proud a father and I wish I had a newsletter that shared stories from the parent persona. You should be able to have a family and still succeed in your career. We'll provide some tips to navigate that challenge.
  • An candid viewpoint. Ownership of the newsletters allows me the ability to be blunt in reviews. 😜
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  • Weekly Newsletters post providing updates on the tech industry. These will only be delivered via e-mail and not on the site. This is my version of TLDR but from my perspective.

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Read past articles

Get a sense of the type of content I write with these essays:

  • Your 30/60/90 Plan template.
  • How to handle a re-org as a leader.
  • Why and how to support mental health in your workplace.
  • πŸ”’ What to expect when transitioning from IC to EM.
  • πŸ”’ How to streamline your process as an EM.
  • πŸ”’ Taking over an existing team? Do this next.
  • πŸ”’ Dealing with a low performing employee, do this.
  • πŸ”’ 5 tips to conduct a productive performance review.

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