Parth Padgaonkar

Mobile Eng Manager @ Mercury

Talk Title

🌶️ Hot Take: Engineering Managers are actually useful!






16:10 > 40 min


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Is your manager pulling their weight, or just a waste of space? Should they exist just to protect the people doing the *actual work* from ignorant execs?

Truthfully, managing any human is a science and an art, and managing engineers certainly isn't easier! A good manager is a leader, architect, consiglieri, and career coach… and yes, sometimes the person who moves JIRA tickets around a kanban board!

In this talk, we'll address some common hot takes about engineering management and talk about the transition from engineer to manager. Whether you want to become a manager or continue as an individual contributor, you'll leave with a better sense of what your manager actually does!

Speaker Bio

Parth has been developing Android apps since 2013! He currently serves the mobile team at Mercury, working on creating accessible and beautiful financial services for small businesses and startups. He received a B.A. in Linguistics & Cognitive Science from Claremont McKenna College and occasionally puts it to use when iterating on UI. He’s worked on 8 different Android apps and SDKs – here’s to many more! Keywords: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Android dev, diversity advocate, swing dancer, feminist