Jessica McKellar, Software Developer and Engineering Manager. She was previously the Director of Engineering at Dropbox and is currently the Founder and CTO at Pilot, which tackles bookkeeping for startups.
"You want to figure out what people's natural inclinations are and use that to give them a project where their work will be optimal."
"You have to be intentional about working career growth into your broader engineering planning and execution of projects coming down the road… For engineers, one way to increase your impact is to architect and own increasingly complex technical problems — problems that have high technical risk or require novel solutions. This is the kind of person who will probably be happier as a high-ranking technical contributor, and the way to start them down that path is to just throw them into the deep end of the pool — with the right mentorship and guardrails — and have them start solving increasingly complex problems today. We can always course correct together along the way, but they have to just dive in and start having and growing through those experiences.”
FirstRound, Photograph by Techies Project