CTO Connection Podcast

What Does a VP of Engineering Do With Alexandra Paredes

July 16, 2020 peter@pbell.com (CTO Connection) Episode 95
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What Does a VP of Engineering Do With Alexandra Paredes
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What Does a VP of Engineering Do With Alexandra Paredes
Jul 16, 2020 Episode 95
peter@pbell.com (CTO Connection)

VP of Engineering is an expansive position. But what is it really like on the granular level? Alexandra Paredes is the VP of Engineering at Code Climate and joined Peter to discuss how she approaches the hiring process, keeps her team on track, and navigates metrics such as cycle time and code review involvement.

Tune in to hear Alexandra’s thoughts on communication and transparency as well as mentoring new engineers to ensure they ask the right questions from the start. 

  • [01:28] - Alexandra's rise to VP of Engineering at Code Climate
  • [07:21] - Internal metrics
  • [12:02] - Milestones without estimates
  • [18:40] - Cycle time
  • [20:29] - Reliability requirements
  • [21:59] - Code review involvement
  • [23:29] - Incremental pull requests
  • [26:34] - Tracking key abilities
  • [29:58] - Communicating metrics to non-technical management

Special thanks to our global partner – Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a broad set of global cloud-based products to equip technology leaders to build better and more powerful solutions, reach out to aws-cto-program@amazon.com if you’re interested to learn more about their offerings.

CTO Connection is where you can learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating or managing an engineering team, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!

If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to CTO Connection in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.

Podcast episode production by Dante32.

Show Notes

VP of Engineering is an expansive position. But what is it really like on the granular level? Alexandra Paredes is the VP of Engineering at Code Climate and joined Peter to discuss how she approaches the hiring process, keeps her team on track, and navigates metrics such as cycle time and code review involvement.

Tune in to hear Alexandra’s thoughts on communication and transparency as well as mentoring new engineers to ensure they ask the right questions from the start. 

  • [01:28] - Alexandra's rise to VP of Engineering at Code Climate
  • [07:21] - Internal metrics
  • [12:02] - Milestones without estimates
  • [18:40] - Cycle time
  • [20:29] - Reliability requirements
  • [21:59] - Code review involvement
  • [23:29] - Incremental pull requests
  • [26:34] - Tracking key abilities
  • [29:58] - Communicating metrics to non-technical management

Special thanks to our global partner – Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a broad set of global cloud-based products to equip technology leaders to build better and more powerful solutions, reach out to aws-cto-program@amazon.com if you’re interested to learn more about their offerings.

CTO Connection is where you can learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating or managing an engineering team, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!

If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to CTO Connection in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.

Podcast episode production by Dante32.