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What I learned as a manager

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As you might know, Shopify allowed me to try the people management track and become an engineering manager. I've been doing that for the past two years. Along the process I learned a lot and made so many mistakes and I don't regret having given it a shot. In hindsight, I think the experience will help me be a better engineer.

This post is a list in no particular order of the things that I learned and experienced:

And at this point you might wonder what led me to go back to individual contributor. I enjoy building. I enjoy opening my laptop, putting my headphones on, and creating things with code. I do that with Tuist and I used to that before taking the manager role. I also like mentoring people through working together in problems. That's how I met Marek, who recently joined the organization.

Shopify is a great place to grow as a manager. You have great tools and excellent managers you can learn from. There's even a framework to ensure management is consistent across the organization. However, and as I mentioned earlier, my path is on the technical track, and I'd like to continue solving problems with code.