When you ask Ops engineers where they want to go in their careers, the only answer you get after “I don’t know” is “management.” But what does that entail, and how do you get there? Alex Nobert discusses his career transition from engineer to manager to director, describing the day-to-day work, expectations, priorities, and goals of each so that you can learn from his mistakes. Becoming a manager is not a process of ascending to a technical wizard role. It is pivoting to an entirely different role with totally different skills.
At Flynn, Alex Nobert is working on the next-generation PaaS of your dreams. Previously, he built and led Ops at Shopify, Vox Media, and Minted. For some reason, he enjoys wearing a tie. Alex has a side gig as a personal assistant to Pupperz and Trudy, the two dogs with whom he shares a house.
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