In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director of Navigation at Mapbox, to discuss the best and most challenging aspects of engineering leadership, practical tips for creating a solid onboarding program and ways to maintain a sense of connection within a distributed team.
[00:30] - The road to engineering leadership at Mapbox
[03:00] - It’s all about the people
[03:46] - What does great potential look like?[06:32] - The Myth of the 10x Engineer, Johnny’s May 2019 CTO Summit Talk*
[07:44] - The first 90 days: communication dynamics when building a team
[11:11] - How Mapbox attracts talent
[12:29] - In the weeds of the recruiting process
[19:36] - Thinking about team member growth beyond just tech skills
[21:58] - Maintaining culture and connection with distributed teams
[24:59] - The thing that keeps Johnny up at night
[25:57] - Setting your team up for failure (it’s not what you think)
*This episode was recorded prior to the Summit
He believes, strongly, that technical excellence, inclusion, empathy, and customer obsession are the keys to driving a successful engineering organization.
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