The 6 Common Mistakes new Engineering Managers make

As a newer engineering leader or manager, it can take time to judge what success should look like and what are some things you can avoid. Let's review a few mistakes that newer engineering leaders make,

Don't promote themselves 🪜

It's essential to promote yourself first mentally and start taking on the responsibilities of this new role. If you continue to act like an IC, you will burn yourself out and won't deliver results. You got this job because you deserved it, but it's important to keep learning to get better at this new job.

Don't delegate 👉

This is a common mistake. It would be best to delegate as much as possible, as you will only have time to complete some tasks. You can take on the easy tasks and let your team handle the rest. Delegating is important and should not be skipped.

Will push code like an IC (Individual Contributor) 👩🏽‍💻

You probably were very good at being an IC, hence why you got promoted. You knew what it takes to be a good IC but now, as a leader, your priorities and focus should shift. You won't be able to ship code like an IC, but that is not to say you shouldn't. You can try to assess your priorities and allocate time accordingly.

Wait to give feedback until performance reviews 👀

Feedback should be given frequently. Your job is to make your team the best it can be. Feedback will allow you to do this. Don't wait until performance reviews for this.

Nothing should come off as a surprise during performance reviews.

Don't partner with Product, Design, or Data Science 🤝

Identify who you should collaborate with and partner with them to make the decisions. Your expertise is in one area, and working closely with your squad will allow you to make the best decisions for your team and product.

Leadership is a never-ending journey 🚗

One day you will think you know everything but the next, you may feel the opposite, so don't be too hard on yourself and keep learning. Lean on your friends and family, and take care of yourself.

If you plan to use any of these techniques or have more to share, please tweet about this to share your thoughts! 🐥

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