Guides for reaching and succeeding at Staff-plus roles. We'll fill these in over time, with the goal of providing a comprehensive resource for folks pursuing or operating in Staff-plus roles.

  • Overview
    1. Overview
    2. Career Trajectory & Career Levels DRAFT
    3. Staff engineer archetypes
    4. Does the title even matter?
  • Before Staff
    1. Overview
    2. Build Something Important
    3. Own Something Hard
    4. Help Without Owning
    5. Getting in the room
    6. Organizational Trust
    7. Be Easy to Know and to Find
    8. Think broadly & build broad skills
    9. Know when to break glass
    10. Org-scoped Projects
    11. Communication: Written, Verbal, Meetings, and Public
    12. Edit the team's work
    13. Navigate ambiguity
    14. Impact beyond yourself
    15. Give feedback
  • Getting the title
    1. Overview
    2. Finding the right company DRAFT
    3. Find your sponsor DRAFT
    4. Promotion Packets
    5. Staff Projects
    6. Deciding to switch companies
    7. Interviewing for Staff-plus roles
  • Keeping the title
    1. Overview
    2. Be a role model
    3. Stay aligned with authority
    4. To lead, you have to follow
    5. Learn to never be wrong
    6. Represent the business
    7. Be a change sink
    8. Set boundaries
    9. Manage your time
  • Operating at Staff
    1. Create space for others DRAFT
    2. Build a network of peers
    3. Work on the right questions - model structured thinking
    4. Dig into problems
    5. Knowing & not knowing
    6. Work on the System
    7. Sponsor others
    8. Strategy, vision and North stars
    9. Maintain technical quality
    10. Scale consistency and organizational learning
    11. Lead technology change
    12. Evolve organizational practices
    13. Fill the gaps
    14. Stakeholder translation
    15. Where do Staff-plus engineers fit into the org?
  • Resources
    1. Staff promotion packet workbook DRAFT
    2. Learning materials
    3. Staff Engineering Career Ladder
    4. Designing a Staff-plus interview loop DRAFT

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