One-on-Ones

The Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group took a look at One-on-One meetings in February. I promised the group that I would publish my suggested agenda for a one-on-one as well some pointers to further reading. Here it is. Here is a suggested agenda: How are things going personally? How are things going at work? […]
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One-On-Ones
February Engineering Managers Support Group

Nothing influences motivation, satisfaction, and retention more than the relationship an engineer has with their manager. Give your direct reports your time and attention, show them that you value them for who they are, as well as for what they do, and they will go to the wall for you. One of the most effective […]
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Retaining Key Contributors – Results

Last night a dozen technical leaders gathered for the Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group to answer the question: “What are the most effective steps a manager can take to retain key employees?” The following guidelines where provided: Consider this question from your own personal experience. What were the things that kept you? What effective […]
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Engineering Managers Support Group – January Meetup

Retaining Key Contributors: What Works… … and What Doesn’t Retaining key employees can make the difference between success and failure. This month we will examine what works, and what doesn’t work, when it comes to retention. Have an opinion? Some insight gained from experience? Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd. We will be starting a […]
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Engineering Managers Support Group – New and Improved!

The The Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group is celebrating our six month anniversary. Things have been good, and they are about to get even better… New Sponsor! I am proud to announce that Rearden Commerce has joined The Technical Management Institute in sponsoring The Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group. The Rearden Personal Assistant […]
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Engineering Managers Support Group – Tonight

The October 2007 Engineering Managers Support Group meeting is just a few hours away! Where: Round Table Pizza (event room) 61 43rd Ave San Mateo, CA Schedule: 7:00 PM Socializing and free pizza 7:30 PM Getting a New Hire Up and Running You have found an ideal candidate; made them an offer, and they start […]
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Getting a New Hire Up and Running – October Engineering Managers Support Group

You have found an ideal candidate, made him an offer, and he starts in two weeks. Now what? At this month’s Engineering Managers Support Group meeting I will share an approach that worked well for me, and some lessons learned as well. Please bring your experiences to share, and together we will unearth best practices […]
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The Most Important Qualities for an Engineering Manager to Possess

Last night, the Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group examined the question “What are the most important qualities for an engineering manager to possess?” Each person was asked to answer the question based on their own experiences as a direct report. We went looking for the qualities that separated our best managers from the rest. […]
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September Engineering Managers Support Group

The Bay Area Engineering Managers Support Group will meet Wednesday evening, September 26 in San Mateo California. We will start with a short presentation on NGT and DOTS. Nominal Group Technique (NGT) allows a group to quickly build a comprehensive list of ideas, issues, options or solutions. NGT works faster than traditional brainstorming, yet generates […]
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Engineering Managers Support Group Tonight

You are invited. The Technical Management Institute is buying the pizza. Tonight we will learn SWOT, and then move on to talking about your engineering management issues. Details here. For those seeking more info on SWOT, here are some general SWOT links: Wikipedia Bplans.com Entrpreneur SWOT for your own career growth: Quintessential Careers Suite 101 […]
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