Denise Yu’s great thread covers a fundamental yet often overlooked ability, and provides practical ways to deploy it:
i saw a tweet a while back (will link it if i find it again) that the single most useful skill of any senior++ IC or engineering leader can be stated in simple terms:— @email@example.com (@deniseyu21) February 5, 2021
In every conversation you're part of, create clarity and reduce chaos.
Create clarity and reduce chaos
Ways to do this (expanded in thread) include:
- “The art of the rollup”
- When there’s a long discussion ongoing, take the time to occasionally summarise the state and decisions - hugely valuable whether you’re coming to the conversation fresh, or have been immersed in it but might have lost sight of where things got to
- Call out scope expansion
- Have meta-chats about who will contribute to a decision and how
- Have a place to record decisions and use it
- Write down verbal agreements
- Err towards brevity
A great thread with great advice.