Scaling Your Engineering Organization Checklist

A guide to help engineering leaders navigate the changes to their teams, processes, and leadership skills as their company grows.

Engineering Team Growth 👇

5 -> 20 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers
250+ engineers
Your Team

Build a culture of innovation to find your next growth levers

250+ engineers
Your Team

Make sure your team leaders contribute to the strategy

250+ engineers
Your Team

Ensure your teams are autonomous

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Automate operational processes

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Develop excellent communication & presentation skills

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Processes

Focus on removing the biggest blockers to your business goals

250+ engineers
Your Processes

Start tracking app ownership

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Processes

Build your engineering teams around the product

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Processes

Implement metrics for continuous improvement

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Processes

Align tech & engineering strategy with business goals

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Keep an eye on tech debt

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Focus on continuous delivery

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Start tracking Velocity, Quality, and Outcome metrics

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Have clear decision-making processes

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Don’t forget about security

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Formalize your org. & responsibilities

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Invest in and pamper your CI

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Create a proper on-call process

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Map your PRs to Tickets

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Processes

Have a system to track work & progress

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Processes

Align on code quality/standards

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Processes

Document everything

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Processes

Create a proper incident response process

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Processes

Run great retrospectives

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Team

Uphold a culture of authenticity & radical candor

250+ engineers
Your Team

Train your managers & team leads to delegate

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Team

Create a clear hiring scorecard

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Team

Cultivate cascading information sharing through the org.

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Team

Strengthen team alignment + team dependency mngmt

100 -> 250 engineers
Your Team

Define an onboarding process for new hires

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Hire a VP of Engineering

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Start building an Engineering Intelligence team

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Define an onboarding process for new hires

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Hire a VP of Engineering

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Start building an engineering intelligence team

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Deal with underperformance

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Build a great engineering culture

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Create a great candidate experience

20 -> 100 engineers
Your Team

Make sure you’re building a diverse team

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Team

Create a code of conduct

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Team

Give and receive feedback (often)

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Team

Build a consistent recruiting process

5 -> 20 engineers
Your Team

Implement a career progression plan

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Become a mentor

250+ engineers
You

Use constraints to boost your creativity

100 -> 250 engineers
You

Continuously provide purpose to your engineers

100 -> 250 engineers
You

Learn from other industries

100 -> 250 engineers
You

Adopt an “executive 1st, functional leader 2nd” mentality

100 -> 250 engineers
You

Stay away from the consensus trap

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Buy tools to solve problems (vs. hiring more engineers)

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Go to conferences for engineering leaders

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Master the art of decision-making

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Adopt a “confidence vs. competence” attitude

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Write more

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Get a mentor

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Learn how to delegate

20 -> 100 engineers
You

Subscribe to the best engineering leadership newsletters

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Join communities of like minded leaders

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Learn from experienced leaders with podcasts

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Dive into engineering leadership books

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Have regular personal retros to redefine your role

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Adopt a growth mindset

5 -> 20 engineers
You

Become an expert interviewer

5 -> 20 engineers

You

Your Processes

Your Team

Become an expert interviewer

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Adopt a growth mindset

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Have regular personal retros to redefine your role

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Dive into engineering leadership books

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Learn from experienced leaders with podcasts

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Join communities of like minded leaders

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Subscribe to the best engineering leadership newsletters

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Implement a career progression plan

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Build a consistent recruiting process

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Give and receive feedback (often)

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Create a code of conduct

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Make sure you’re building a diverse team

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Run great retrospectives

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Create a proper incident response process

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Document everything

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Align on code quality/standards

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Have a system to track work & progress

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Develop excellent communication & presentation skills

Engeering Category
5 -> 20 engineers
5 -> 20 engineers

Learn how to delegate

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Get a mentor

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Write more

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Adopt a “confidence vs. competence” attitude

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Master the art of decision-making

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Go to conferences for engineering leaders

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Buy tools to solve problems (vs. hiring more engineers)

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Stay away from the consensus trap

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Create a great candidate experience

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Build a great engineering culture

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Deal with underperformance

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Start building an engineering intelligence team

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Hire a VP of Engineering

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Define an onboarding process for new hires

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Start building an Engineering Intelligence team

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Hire a VP of Engineering

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Define an onboarding process for new hires

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Map your PRs to Tickets

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Create a proper on-call process

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Invest in and pamper your CI

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Formalize your org. & responsibilities

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Don’t forget about security

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Have clear decision-making processes

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Start tracking Velocity, Quality, and Outcome metrics

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Focus on continuous delivery

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Keep an eye on tech debt

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Align tech & engineering strategy with business goals

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Automate operational processes

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Ensure your teams are autonomous

Engeering Category
20 -> 100 engineers
20 -> 100 engineers

Adopt an “executive 1st, functional leader 2nd” mentality

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Learn from other industries

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Continuously provide purpose to your engineers

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Use constraints to boost your creativity

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Strengthen team alignment + team dependency mngmt

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Cultivate cascading information sharing through the org.

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Create a clear hiring scorecard

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Train your managers & team leads to delegate

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Implement metrics for continuous improvement

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Build your engineering teams around the product

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Start tracking app ownership

Engeering Category
100 -> 250 engineers
100 -> 250 engineers

Become a mentor

Engeering Category
250+ engineers
250+ engineers

Uphold a culture of authenticity & radical candor

Engeering Category
250+ engineers
250+ engineers

Focus on removing the biggest blockers to your business goals

Engeering Category
250+ engineers
250+ engineers

Make sure your team leaders contribute to the strategy

Engeering Category
250+ engineers
250+ engineers

Build a culture of innovation to find your next growth levers

Engeering Category
250+ engineers
250+ engineers
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