What It Really Means to Be an Effective Engineer

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 9:45 am10:15 am

Edmond Lau, Co Leadership


For two years, I embarked on a quest to answer: What mindsets and frameworks do the most effective engineers use? I interviewed engineering leaders at top software companies including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Instagram, and more.

When I published The Effective Engineer in 2015, I thought I had the question all figured out. It turns out there's so much more to what it means to work effectively on a team—a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

Edmond Lau, Co Leadership

Edmond Lau is the author of the book, The Effective Engineer—now the de facto onboarding guide for many engineering teams. He's spent the last decade leading engineering teams across Silicon Valley—at Quip (acquired by Salesforce), Quora, Ooyala (acquired by Telstra), and Google.

As a leadership coach, Edmond works directly with CTO's, directors, managers, and other emerging leaders to unlock what's possible for them. He's run workshops and seminars at places like Pinterest, Google, and Facebook to raise the bar on what it means to be an engineering leader.

He blogs at effectiveengineer.com.

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@conference {213058,
author = {Edmond Lau},
title = {What It Really Means to Be an Effective Engineer},
year = {2018},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = mar,

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