The Engineer/Manager Pendulum Goes Mainstream

Tuesday, 10 October, 2023 - 16:0016:40

Charity Majors,


Going back and forth between management and engineering is no longer an anomaly, but an accepted career path. Yet our institutions and expectations are still designed around the assumption that you will pick one track and stay there. Let's talk about what kind of structural changes and incentives we should make to modernize engineering career tracks -- and how to convince senior leadership it's worth doing.

Charity Majors,

Charity is the cofounder and CTO of, the O.G. observability company, and the coauthor of O'Reilly books "Database Reliability Engineering" and "Observability Engineering". She writes about tech, leadership and other random stuff at

@conference {292155,
author = {Charity Majors},
title = {The {Engineer/Manager} Pendulum Goes Mainstream},
year = {2023},
address = {Dublin},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = oct

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