What it takes to scale engineering

What it takes to scale engineering

Update: 2023-02-172
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This week we’re talking to Rachel Potvin, former VP of Engineering at GitHub about what it takes to scale engineering. Rachel says it’s a game-changer when engineering scales beyond 100 people. So we asked to her to share everything she has learned in her career of leading and scaling engineering.



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(00:00 ) - This week on The Changelog
(00:55 ) - Sponsor: Sentry
(02:46 ) - Start the show!
(12:57 ) - Requested by name
(20:35 ) - How did you know or learn what to do?
(25:39 ) - Understanding constraints
(27:25 ) - 100 people is a game-changing threshold
(37:33 ) - Lead by caring for people
(39:56 ) - What's worth building now?
(47:42 ) - Using decision logs
(51:40 ) - Choosing the right tools for communication
(56:24 ) - This is NOT my problem
(1:04:12 ) - What is psychological safety?
(1:10:07 ) - Scaling, but maintaining code health
(1:21:29 ) - Wrapping up
(1:24:15 ) - It's been fun
(1:24:35 ) - Outro

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