Leading 650 Engineers with Microsoft's Brendan Burns
Brendan Burns is known as one of the co-founders of Kubernetes, but he's more than just a talented developer - he leads a team of 650 engineers at Microsoft.
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Brendan Burns is famous in engineering circles as one of the co-founders of Kubernetes, but he's more than just a talented developer - he leads a team of 650 engineers at Microsoft.
In the first episode of a two-part series, Brendan joins the Dev Interrupted podcast to talk all things engineering leadership and management. After joining Microsoft and being given a team of 30 people, he has seen his teams double each year. Adopting a leadership style that he jokingly refers to as "my form of punishment is micromanagement," Brendan discusses how to be intentional about employee interactions in a remote world, the importance of delivering a concise message and why saying "yes" to as many opportunities as possible has led to career success.
Episode Highlights Include:
- Learning to program on a Commodore 64
- Saying "yes" to as many opportunities as possible
- The "meet them where they are" philosophy of employee interaction
- How to run distributed engineering teams
- Being intentional about meeting employees in a remote world
- Why missing deadlines creates opportunity
If you haven't already heard, Dev Interrupted is partnering with Dzone to host INTERACT: An interactive, community-driven, digital conference on September 30th - by engineering leaders, for engineering leaders. 1 day, 10 speakers, 100s of engineers and engineering leaders, all free.
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