We interviewed over 30 engineering and product leaders from companies like Netflix, Microsoft, Fullstory, Mailchimp, and The Weather Channel and got over 100 responses on what their biggest challenges as Engineering Managers were. Despite the diverse mix of company sizes, cultures, and complexities, we were surprised to see how similar the struggles of these engineering leaders were.
The Top 5 Management Challenges were:
"Being able to observe and understand the work your direct reports are doing so that you can give them solid feedback - core problem that he sees a lot of different people struggling with at a lot of different companies"
" I want to see the status of where things are: what's been fixed, how it's been fixed, what was broken, etc."
"I need to be quickly able to audit who is allotted what, and tell what the hell is going on"
"Making sure everyone is on the same page - if a tool can help him do these things then we're good"
"It's more about understanding how overloaded your engineers are, are we asking them to do too much, do they have the right skills, are you spotting their blockers, are they blocked, am I removing the right blockers for whats in priority (these are all questions that go through your head as you go through projects)"