Session 3

Progression, salary, promotions

Laying the foundation of transparency and fairness

November 16, 18:00 - 20:30 GMT
10am–12.30pm PT / 1–3.30pm ET / 6–8.30pm GMT / 7–9.30pm CEST

November 17, 14:00 - 16:30 GMT
6–8.30am PT / 9–11.30am ET / 2–4.30pm GMT / 3–5.30pm CEST

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Meet our session contributors

HOST

Anjuan Simmons

Engineering Coach

Help Scout

co-HOST

Yenny Cheung

Engineering Manager

Rasa

SPEAKER

Anirudh Todi 

Engineering Leader 

Dropbox

SPEAKER

Hena Teinzer

Development Manager

SAP

SPEAKER

Kevin Goldsmith

Chief Technology Officer

Anaconda

Panelist

Linda Schuster

Director of Engineering

Rasa

PANELIST

Tom Bocklisch

Director of Engineering 

Rasa

PANELIST

Maxime Verger

Engineering Manager

Rasa

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Session overview

The engineers on your team want to advance their careers, and one of the key ways they will do this is through promotion. And while most companies have clear pathways for engineers to travel, the details of assessing when engineers should be promoted can often feel more up to an individual's discretion. In this session, you’ll hear talks and panels on:

Best practices to improve the quality of your promotion decisions  

How to lead effective career conversations with your engineers

Strategies for providing clear, equitable, actionable feedback 

Guidelines to design a growth framework that aligns incentives

Hosted by 

Yenny Cheung

Engineering Manager • Rasa

Originally from Hong Kong, Yenny is an engineering manager at Rasa, where she is learning how to make Open Source Conversation AI accessible to all.

She cares about building an inclusive environment for teams and communities with a "People first" approach. She enjoys the thrill of public speaking and meeting like-minded people along the way.

Talk

Designing an engineering career framework

Dropbox’s Engineering Career Framework describes what is expected for our engineers at each of our career levels. Along with helping managers set expectations and hold teams accountable for their work, this resource empowers engineers to achieve greater impact in their role and grow in their careers. 

In this talk, I will introduce the approach we took when designing and iterating on our engineering career framework → the goals of the framework, the principles we applied as well as some of our learnings.

Anirudh Todi

Engineering Leader

Dropbox

Anirudh works at Dropbox where he is the Director of Engineering of a group called Core Services. In addition to building reliable, resilient services and infrastructure to operate at incredible scale, Anirudh and his team work closely with product teams across the company to help define and evolve the core user experience on Dropbox.   Anirudh has previously worked at Twitter helping scale their data platform to process petabytes of data; ads infrastructure to support Twitter's multi-billion dollar revenue; and product platform to support some of Twitter's most visible consumer product launches. 

Talk

Feedback: vital for growth, tough to crack

The power of feedback is often underestimated. Many managers hesitate or procrastinate to provide employee feedback; Reasons vary from having other priorities such as tight project deadlines to avoidance of awkwardness during feedback meetings, especially when delivering “bad news”.  

In this talk, you will learn how to lead a meaningful conversation that brings positive experience to all parties involved and help your teammates excel. We will start by introducing the different types of feedback, their purpose and the potential drawbacks. We will also cover some common coaching techniques that could help in handling difficult conversations and mismatched expectations.  

Feedback combined with coaching can be a very powerful leadership technique that helps your teammates elevate to their next level.

Hena Teinzer

Development Manager 

SAP

Hena is a people leader and coach at SAP.

Talk

Raising the subject of raises

Whether you are responsible for salary decisions or just give input to someone else, it is important to understand the overt and subtle considerations around determining appropriate pay raises for your team. How you handle salary is a critical part of performance management and retention.   

This talk gives some practical advice and things to keep in mind when you are considering what type of pay raise to make. I’ll also provide some points to make the salary discussions in your performance reviews easier.

Kevin Goldsmith

Chief Technology Officer

Anaconda

Kevin Goldsmith has been a developer, software architect, technology manager, and senior technology executive for over 28 years. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Anaconda, overseeing innovation for Anaconda’s current open-source and commercial offerings, as well as developing new solutions to bring data science practitioners together with innovators, vendors, and thought leaders in the industry.

Panel

Progression, salary and promotions in your organization

We’ve invited panelists from the same organization to reflect on what people with different managerial responsibilities and spheres of influence can do to actively change the way that individuals are developed

They’ll consider when to use their newfound skills; how their use varies depending on your own seniority and that of the people you’re interacting with; and discuss how they’ll take their newly learnt skills back to their organization.

MODERATOR

Yenny Cheung

Engineering Manager 

Rasa

Originally from Hong Kong, Yenny is an engineering manager at Rasa, where she is learning how to make Open Source Conversation AI accessible to all.

She cares about building an inclusive environment for teams and communities with a "People first" approach. She enjoys the thrill of public speaking and meeting like-minded people along the way.

PANELIST

Linda Schuster

VP of Operations 

Rasa

Linda is VP, Operations at Rasa and has helped to scale the team from 5 to 100 people. 

Before she joined Rasa, she co-founded two companies and studied digital health and German literature Germany, Canada, and Czech Republic.

PANELIST

Maxime Verger

Engineering Manager  

Rasa

Maxime is an Engineering Manager at Rasa, the leading conversational AI platform. With a focus on Rasa Open Source, he works at the intersection of engineering, product and research. He likes reasoning about team structures and interfaces to solve specific business problems, while keeping people front and center

PANELIST

Tom Bocklisch

Director of Engineering 

Rasa

Tom studied Software Engineering and has a strong background in Data Analysis. During his studies, he founded a software agency with a focus on biological image analysis. His interest in written language and the intricacies of analyzing text messages led him to become a part of Rasa to advance conversational AI systems.  

Currently, Tom is the Director of Engineering at Rasa. As part of this startup, he is driving the development of the next generation conversational AI systems using open source technologies. He is a passionate technologist, always keen to learn more about machine learning technologies, and loves open source.

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