VP Engineering Role
Intro: What is a VP of Engineering?
- The Role of a VP of Engineering
Given that the role of a VPE is often nebulous, Bruno provides a breakdown of the responsibilities of a VPE based on his experience: • Measuring Team Performance & Optimizing • Building Teams • Setting the Values of a Team • Stay in Touch with the Technical Side of a Team • Manage Up, Down, and Sideways with Peers • Mediate & Help Others Succeed • Uplift & Invest
The Role of a VP of Engineering vs. a CTO
- Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?
Mark defines the CTO role as one that focuses on architecture, while the VP of Engineering role prioritizes people management. He also advocates for a program management function once the company reaches a certain scale.
VP of Engineering Skills
How to Perform Well as a VP of Engineering
- Advice for a New Executive
Lara wrote up the advice she received from Etsy's CTO / CEO, Chad Dickerson, on how to perform well as a VP of Engineering, which covers 9 sections: • Find/create a peer support group • Partner absurdly closely with product and make sure you understand priorities and the head of product understands tradeoffs • Focus on delivery of the roadmap and everything else will follow • Ask your executive peers regularly what you can do to make their jobs easier – particularly the CEO • Take a stand when you need to • Always have a story • Read widely – offline! – about management and leadership • Realize the impact your mood and demeanor has on people • Develop the right relationship with members of your company’s board
- Your first 90 days as CTO or VP Engineering.
Will covers: • VPE vs CTO • Priorities and goals • Making the right system changes • Tasks for your first 90 days across learning and building trust, creating a support system, organizational health and process, hiring, execution, and technology
How to Hire a VP of Engineering
- Hiring a VP of Engineering? Use This Framework from Shopify’s VPE to Get it Right
Farhan comprehensively covers how to profile and assess candidates for a VP of Engineering role: • Process: Assessing a Candidate's Optimization • People: Assessing a Candidate's Team Building Chops • Technology: Assessing a Candidate's Ability to Dive Deep
VP of Engineering Job Description Examples