Staying Technical as an Engineering Leader 👔
How can you retain your tech chops as a manager? And is it really needed?
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As a founder and CTO, I have seen my company grow from when I used to write all the code, to the point I wrote almost none.
I have also had frequent conversations with other founders and peers about how much tech leaders should still be coding, or anyway stay technically involved.
My take is: it's very important to stay technical, but it's not trivial to find an effective way to do so.
If you do it the right way — your skills become an asset that improves your decision making and makes your team more effective.
If you do it the wrong way — your involvement actually slows down your team, undermines trust and creates resentment in the long run.
So let's try to figure this out 👇