Episode 21: Silvia Botros (Twilio-Sendgrid)


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In this episode, rachel, Kendall, and Silvia talk about:

  • How nobody ever reads documentation beforehand
  • The sad state of education
  • What terrible handwriting might offer us in terms of improving our communication habits
  • rachel's inability to remember the term "career ladder"
  • The importance of identifying and codifying hierarchies as your flat org begins to grow
  • Discovering the Individual Contributor leadership track
  • What leadership means for the Principal Engineer and how this varies at scale
  • The value of providing historical context for your colleagues
  • Dudes on Twitter, an eternal plague etc
  • Becoming comfortable about delegation as a method of self-preservation
  • Making the choice to remain an Individual Contributor
  • ...and realizing you're a leader anyway
  • Wielding authority for good, not judgement of errors
  • Transferring incident response skills to one's home life
  • Why leadership does not equal management

You can find Silvia on twitter as @dbsmasher
You can find Silvia's recent blog post here: https://blog.dbsmasher.com/2019/01/28/on-being-a-principal-engineer.html

Special thanks to Mel Stanley for our theme music <3

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