This is a draft guide forstaffeng.com
我从工程师那里听到的最常见挫折之一是他们不在房间里，重要决定正在进行重要决策。他们不了解公司的决定，并具有似乎缺失或忽视的重要背景。工作人员 - 加工程师经常引用“房间”作为其水平的主要好处，标题会增加您参与影响您的决策的可能性。
However, it’s important to remember there’s no single “room” to enter. Getting into the right room isn’t a one-time challenge to be faced, rather entering rooms will be an ongoing, iterative career challenge. That means it’s worth getting good at!
Early in your career it might be a sprint pre-planning meeting with your tech lead and product manager. Later it might be a quarterly planning meeting, anarchitecture review,性能校准,engineering leadership team, or the executive team. There will always be another room to enter, and to reach senior levels you have to become effective at not only进入but also _staying_in these rooms of power.
Getting in the room
- **To bring something useful to bring to the room… **This could be details on a critical project, context from a critical team, subject matter expertise related to the room’s purpose, experience running a similar project or team at a previous company, a relationship with a key relevant customer, or something else entirely.
- **…that the room doesn’t already have. **It’s not enough to have something useful to bring to the room, it also needs to be a perspective that isn’t already present within the room. Small groups function better than larger ones, so operating forums generally sacrifice redundancy and representation for efficiency. To be included in those rooms you’ll need to bring something distinct from the current membership.
- **房间里的赞助商。**这些房间的插槽有限，必须用作一组。要进入房间，您需要有人赞助您的会员资格。您的赞助商正在向您的包容性分配社会资本，他们的同行将根据您在房间内的行为来判断他们。这些房间往往有一个资历级别的混合，因此您的赞助商的经理在房间评估中往往是这种情况thembased on their decision to sponsoryou.
- **与您的经理保持对齐。**人们评估领导者，他们的团队与他们宣布的方法一致。如果他们已经宣布了持续部署的转变，但他们的团队正在颂扬释放列车，那么人们对谁持怀疑态度是谁。如果您与赞助商高度对齐，您将更有可能被赞助到房间里。如果你是特别aligned, they’re more likely to yield their own seat to you and stop attending.
- Optimize for the group.条纹的旧经营原则之一是“针对条纹的优化”，广泛优化的心态为其他人提供了信任和信心。
- Speak clearly and concisely.Learn to speak concisely: as you develop an economy of speech, you’ll be able to contribute more ideas with less time. Learn to speak clearly: if folks don’t understand your proposal, then it doesn’t matter how good it is. Keep in mind that it’s your obligation to be understood, not the obligation of everyone else to understand you.
- Come prepared.Some companies infantilize their engineers, accepting that even very senior engineers won’t read the agenda, do the pre-reads or prepare for the discussion. There’s a considerable gap between what’s tolerated and what’s rewarded, and you’ll stand out if you take the time to organize your thoughts before each meeting. Equally more important is following up on what you committed to.
To get into the room, you have to work both the numerator and denominator: keep developing a unique and useful perspective, while also becoming more effective at delivering that perspective within the constraints of a meeting.
Staying in the room
进入这个房间是你的第一个障碍,but the second hurdle is staying in the room. Most important is to keep doing the things that got you into the room: bring important context into the room, present a polished version of yourself, be concise, be flexible.
There are a few patterns that will consistently get you kicked out of the room:
- **Misunderstanding the room’s purpose. **Each room hasits own purpose，如果您尝试使用针对现有组的意图，则会创造摩擦。It’s very common for the external perception of a given room’s function (“they make all the decisions in the leadership team meeting”) to be rather far from how the room thinks of its role (“we don’t make decisions, just surface problems to discuss”). Take the time to understand how the room operates and integrate into it with respect for that intention.
- Being dogmatic.As rooms get more senior, they have to discuss very sensitive topics (compensation, layoffs, promotions, acquisitions, etc) and they have a fixed amount of time to work together each week. If you’re dogmatic, you will create friction that slows down discussion and impedes the group’s ability to make progress.
- 扣缴同意。Effective groups are formed from individuals who are willing todisagree and commit. You can often force a group towards your perspective by withholding your consent until thinking moves your way, but the group’s pace will slow to a halt and you’ll likely get removed from it.
- Sucking the oxygen out of the room.有头脑风暴讨论，欢迎各种想法，并且当您转移到操作模式以取消阻止项目执行时，有时候有时候，并且您必须阅读正在发生的房间。通常这是来自an urge to show value，但请记住，你在房间里，因为你有什么让你进入房间，而不是为了进入房间的希望将在一个完全新的人身上转变为某人。
- **Embarrassing your sponsor. **Remember that you got into a room because someone in the room advocated for your inclusion.
That said, I think it’s easy to get caught up worrying too much about staying in the room. Sometimes you’re better thinking about whether the room’s a valuable place to invest your time.
重要的是要记住，虽然有无限的房间，但没有房间实际发生的情况。You’ll be most impactful if you’re selective on which rooms you stay in. While I’ve met many folks who resent not being allowed entry into some room they’re fixated on, I’ve never met anyone who regrets leaving a room too soon. If any given room doesn’t feel useful, exit the room.