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The Role of Engineering Leaders Has Evolved

Modern Engineering management is about how we lead engineering teams to be successful in the complex setting of a business enterprise. Engineering management is no longer just about delivering software faster or making engineers more productive. It’s about guiding the team in the same direction as the business, about continuously improving, and it’s about being the voice of Engineering as an essential decision-maker on the executive team.

Four Building Blocks for Success

The role of Engineering leaders can be split into four pillars, Business Alignment, Engineering Operations, Deliverable Management, and Team Health. An Engineering Management Platform should provide Engineering leaders with insights to make effective decisions around each of these pillars

01

Alignment

Work on What Matters

Measure investment and allocate resources accordingly. Allocation is the foundation on which to optimize your team.

02

Engineering Operations

Deliver Quickly & Reliably

Measure and optimize operational metrics to ensure team has the right processes in place.

03

Deliverable Management

Identify & Fix Bottlenecks

Monitor and analyze deliverable programs and the root cause of delays.

04

Performance Management

Manage Team & Optimize Performance

Ensure the team is healthy and performing its best by measuring productivity and collaboration.

The Importance of Business Alignment

Most tools on the market today focus on the operational aspects of engineering management – delivery and productivity. But until you know that your team is working on the right thing, it doesn’t matter how efficiently the team works or how fast it ships code.

Modern Engineering leaders can influence strategic direction and business decisions – like which projects to fund, how to handle compensation and headcount. Today’s Engineering leaders are moving from executing someone else’s strategy to driving their own destiny.

Engineering Management Platform

Engineering Management Platforms (EMPs) provide complete visibility into engineering organizations, the work they do, and how they operate. By analyzing engineering signals and contextual business data, EMPs enable engineering leaders to align engineering decisions with strategic business objectives and deliver the right software, efficiently, on time.

With EMPs engineering leaders can focus their teams on what matters most to the business, delivering results faster, and driving decisions and strategy forward.

The State of Engineering Management

The State of Engineering Management report covers some common challenges facing engineering leaders today, and outlines some best practices around visibility and alignment to help strengthen these engineering teams.

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