The Reconfigured Podcast

Conversations with professionals in various fields and companies


#24 - Shane Afsar: how to be an effective engineering manager

Today's episode is with Shane Afsar, Senior Engineering Manager at Algolia. We have talked about several topics including engineering management, remote team management, dealing with legacy systems, getting involved in the business of things, how to know if someone fits your team, and much more

00:00 Intro

00:41 Shane's intro

01:05 Shane's role at Algolia

02:55 Developer experience, how does it work?

04:42 Algolia's crawler and how it functions

05:44 Shane's experience working at LinkedIn for 8 years

20:15 Dealing with legacy systems

21:47 Shifting from writing code to getting involved into the business aspect

23:26 Shane's experience at Twitter before and after Elon's acquisition

30:30 Twitter's Community Notes feature

31:55 The work environment difference between a big corp and a small corp

35:31 Switching teams in large corps and small corps

36: 53 The journey from software developer to engineering manager

41:07 Pitfalls during transition and what to take into consideration when starting out as an engineering manager

57:57 How to grow a team of 5 developers to a team of 12 cross functioning developers

01:05:34 How to manage remote teams efficiently

01:13:29 Fostering a culture of growth and skills within a team

01:16:32 How to know if someone is fit for your team

01:18:43 Evaluating employees who use AI extensively for work

01:27:01 Does academia prepare you to enter the market

01:37:09 Mental Health question

01:45:49 Outro

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