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The Effective Engineering Manager Course

Through role-playing exercises, we give engineering managers the tools needed to build awesome dev teams and lead their engineers with compassion and confidence.

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Be the engineering manager every developer deserves!

Who is this course for?

The Effective Engineering Manager Course is a unique leadership program designed for first-time engineering managers and technical team leads.

This course is for you if...

  • Your responsibilities create too much stress and anxiety, which causes self-doubt in how you manage your dev teams
  • You don’t know how to give effective and meaningful feedback to your engineers
  • You’re often frustrated because your dev team isn’t delivering features and functions on time
  • The quality of your dev team’s deliverables is substandard
  • You want to be a good leader, but you don’t want to be seen as tough and heartless
  • You’ve witnessed inappropriate behavior at work but didn’t know how to address it
  • You lack the skills to resolve conflict
  • You don’t know how to approach rewarding great coders
  • You’ve never had to let go of poor performers
  • You were a high-performing individual contributor to projects, but now as a new engineering manager, you need to learn new skills, fast.

Ready to start becoming a better engineering manager today?

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The Effective Engineering Manager Course

The 2-day course is held LIVE on Zoom by two experienced instructors in the IT industry.

To create lasting results, the course uses a blended learning approach of

📚 exploring the fundamentals of being an engineering manager and best practices

🎭 role-playing real-life boss ceremonies in engineering management

After the completion of the course, participants will have an additional four individual sessions 👩‍🏫 with the instructors to check up on progress and learning. Educational materials and access to online content and community are included within the price of the course.

Day 1

Lay the foundation of engineering management concepts. Learn about the role of an engineering manager. Start role-playing exercises.
9:00 - 12:00 Guiding Principles + Foundation 🧠
  • An Introduction to the profession of engineering manager
  • How to conduct a 1:1 meeting – the most important tool in the engineering manager's toolbox
  • What is an effective engineering manager?
  • Communicating difficult decisions
  • Most common mistakes in engineering management
  • What tools are available to be an effective engineering manager?
  • Saving time and motivating your engineers to take responsibility
  • The challenges of being an engineering manager
  • Rewarding and effectively disciplining engineers
  • An introduction to the most important ceremonies related to engineering management
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break 🍱
13:00 - 17:00 Role-playing 🔥

In this part, we will role-play boss ceremonies discussed during the theoretical part of the program. Ceremonies will be recorded for further analysis and critique.

Additional activity - Building a healthy manager-developer relationship

Two people will participate in a paired role-playing exercise. One person will play the role of the engineering manager and the other will play the role of the programmer. Ceremonies and the description of the scenario will be written down on paper and placed in an envelope. A participant will then draw an envelope from a hat.

Day 2

Develop the engineering manager’s toolkit with an emphasis on conducting 1:1 meetings. Implement all frameworks through role-playing.
9:00 - 12:00 Guiding Principles + Foundation 🧠

In-depth discussion with a focus on the following engineering manager ceremonies:

  • Onboarding new engineers
  • How ro fire a low-performing engineer
  • Resolving conflict within your dev team
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break 🍱
13:00 - 17:00 Role-playing 🔥

In this part, we will practice conducting the boss ceremonies discussed during the theoretical part of the program.

After the course you will get exclusive access to:

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4 additional 1:1 sessions with your instructors
🧠
Online educational content + newsletter
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All role-playing recordings for self-critique and analysis
A resource page with templates, guides, and checklists
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A Slack community with 1000+ engineering managers
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Additional materials on boss ceremonies that were not covered during the workshop

How much does it cost?

The 2-day Effective Engineering Manager Course includes:
+ access to educational materials
+ 4 individual coaching sessions
+ so much more!

For additional details, please email
tomek@howareyou.work

The Effective Engineering Manager Course

Practice real-world boss ceremonies and become the engineering manager every developer deserves!

$1,200

(net)/per person