13 Working with Managers

Building a working relationship with your manager will help you grow your career, reduce stress, and even ship reliable software. Working with your manager requires mutual understanding. You must understand what your manager needs so you can help them. Likewise, your manager must understand your needs so they can help you.

This chapter will help you build an effective relationship with your manager. We’ll give you a short overview of the management profession: what your manager does and how they do it. We’ll then discuss common management processes. Engineers often encounter abbreviations like 1:1s, PPPs, and OKRs, as well as terms like performance reviews, without knowing what they are, why they exist, or how they ...

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