- What does sponsorship look like?
Lara defines sponsorship as "being on the hook to help get someone promoted." She covers these steps to do that: • When do we raise up names? • Examples of sponsorship • Be a better mentor by listening more • Explore why this might feel icky to you
- Developers mentoring other developers: practices I've seen work well
Gergely discusses mentorship practices that work well engineer-to-engineer, guidance on being an effective mentor, and suggestions for finding mentors.
- How to be a mentor
Nicholas shares some of his learnings on effective mentorship: allow the mentee to set the discussion agenda, mentor the whole person, provide strategies rather than giving answers, give homework, don't prevent all mistakes, and don't try to create a you-clone.
Eric encourages organizations to invest in mentorship to improve team productivity and close the senior engineer hiring gap.