CTO Connection

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Summary

In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director of Navigation at Mapbox, to discuss the best and most challenging aspects of engineering leadership, practical tips for creating a solid onboarding program and ways to maintain a sense of connection within a distributed team.

Show Notes

In this episode of CTO Connection, host Peter Bell sits down with Johnny Austin, Engineering Director of Navigation at Mapbox, to discuss the best and most challenging aspects of engineering leadership, practical tips for creating a solid onboarding program and ways to maintain a sense of connection within a distributed team.

[00:30] - The road to engineering leadership at Mapbox

[03:00] - It’s all about the people

[03:46] - What does great potential look like?
[06:32] - The Myth of the 10x Engineer, Johnny’s May 2019 CTO Summit Talk*

[07:44] -  The first 90 days: communication dynamics when building a team

[11:11] - How Mapbox attracts talent

[12:29] - In the weeds of the recruiting process

[19:36] - Thinking about team member growth beyond just tech skills

[21:58] - Maintaining culture and connection with distributed teams

[24:59] - The thing that keeps Johnny up at night

[25:57] - Setting your team up for failure (it’s not what you think)

*This episode was recorded prior to the Summit

Prior to running engineering for Mapbox's core navigation capabilities, Johnny Austin held engineering leadership roles at Capital One and ISL and is a strong advocate for engineering operational excellence. Johnny is also an international public speaker - speaking on topics such as engineering leadership, system design, and the JavaScript programming language.

He believes, strongly, that technical excellence, inclusion, empathy, and customer obsession are the keys to driving a successful engineering organization.

CTO Connection is where you can learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating or managing an engineering team, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Conneciton podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!

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This podcast episode produced by Dante32.

What is CTO Connection?

StartupCTO.io was the original Startup Engineering Leadership Podcast. Now it’s part of CTO Connection - the organizers of the @ctosummit conference series!

Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast growth tech startups. Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating or managing an engineering team, if you're technical and manage engineers, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!