Today I’m interviewing Rebecca Murphey. At the time of the recording Rebecca had recently transitioned from a developer into a technical lead. Since then Rebecca has moved to another position as a developer but you’ll still get some useful insight on what the initial stages are like.
Rebecca is now a software engineer at Indeed, where she works on the front-end technology behind the world’s #1 job site. She has spoken at dozens of conferences around the globe on front-end development and is also the host of the TTL podcast.
Topics covered in the show:
- Changing careers from desktop publishing to front end development
- Thoughts around whether one is still a legitimate software engineer if they no longer contribute code
- Difficulty of knowing when to step away and trusting things will get sorted
- The five questions to ask to better understand something
- You should be making your bosses job easier, not harder
- Having frank conversations with mentors
- Benefits of raising one’s profile in the community
- Hosting the TTL Podcast
Advice for new managers:
- You have to really want it. Don’t do it because someone else thought it was a good idea.
- Find a mentor and talk to them a lot
- Fix problems. Listen a lot. Take action.
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