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This is a template for Engineers to think about building their careers in the direction they’re interested in. It blends a lot of what I’ve seen successfully at companies I’ve worked at. I will continue to edit/modify it over time.
This relies heavily on Career Development Plans
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Note: Pick and choose some of these questions to jump start your thinking.
Also indicate any of these that you would like to hand off. …
Align with your manager on your performance level for each of the growth guide skills over the past 6 months (see the GROWTH GUIDE for details):
|Area||Skill||Consistently Operating At*||Notes|
|Code Quality + Design|
|Technical Excellence||Operational Excellence|
|Taking Risks and Failing Fast|
* Based on discussion with your manager. Does not guarantee performance review outcomes.
Write down the 1-3 specific skills that you want to focus on in the next ~2 rolling quarters.
Motivating questions to ask yourself:
Development goals are concrete goals that help you grow in the focuses that you’ve identified.
For each skill, there would ideally be (i) clear next steps and (ii) clear ways your manager can help you develop in that direction. It’s okay to be high-level or vague at first — we will make these clear and concrete over 1-1 discussions, before we finalize goals.
|Skill (the focus you previously identified)||Development Goal + Success Measures (the desired result, and how you’ll know if you’ve succeeded)||Actions/Activities (the actions or next steps you’re planning to take)||Date to Review Progress|
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