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What I learned as a manager

As you might know, Shopify allowed me to try the people management track and become an engineering manager. I’ve been doing that for the past two years. Along the process I learned a lot and made so many mistakes and I don’t regret having given it a shot. In hindsight, I think the experience will help me be a better engineer.

This post is a list in no particular order of the things that I learned and experienced:

And at this point you might wonder what led me to go back to individual contributor. I enjoy building. I enjoy opening my laptop, putting my headphones on, and creating things with code. I do that with Tuist and I used to that before taking the manager role. I also like mentoring people through working together in problems. That’s how I met Marek, who recently joined the organization.

Shopify is a great place to grow as a manager. You have great tools and excellent managers you can learn from. There’s even a framework to ensure management is consistent across the organization. However, and as I mentioned earlier, my path is on the technical track, and I’d like to continue solving problems with code.