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Management (EM) + Executive (EX) Tracks

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L5: Engineering <Product> Lead:
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Key Area
Attribute
Competencies
Impact
Scope
Manages 1 to 3 direct IC reports in the
@Team, Teammates
.
[Shared] Prioritizes and values unowned or undesirable work that enables their
@Team, Teammates
to move faster.
Responsibility
Takes accountability for shipping the technical output of the
@Team, Teammates
and maintains constant awareness of the state of the product.
Functional Skills
Technical Capabilities
[Shared] Designs abstract interfaces and constructs modular libraries that are well-backed/tested and bug free.
Consistently upholds a high technical bar while making pragmatic tradeoffs.
Knowledge
[Shared] Growing understanding of industry trends and development best practices and is comfortable writing code in a team and open source setting.
[Shared] Solid understanding of all of Ockam’s product components and mastery of those
@Feature
s under their responsibility.
Prioritization / Execution
Drives execution of
@Project
s by organizing work among their
@Team, Teammates
according to
@RACI
, works with ICs and Directors to strategize
@OKRs
, and holds their
@Team, Teammates
accountable for
@OKRs
.
Identifies bottlenecks and roadblocks in the product roadmap and clears those for the success of their
@Team, Teammates
, including monitoring and escalating issues.
Focuses on and is responsible for their
@Team, Teammates
productivity and collective impact. Ensures
@Task
s and sub-
@Task
s are prioritized correctly, and that dependencies are noted.
Scales themselves by delegating among their
@Team, Teammates
effectively and not micromanaging.
Team Building / Coaching
Regularly seeks out mentoring opportunities and mentors IC L1 to L4s on their
@Team, Teammates
in an open, respectful, flexible and empathetic manner.
Coaches, provides timely, actionable feedback, and invests time in the career development of their
@Team, Teammates
(e.g., via informal 1:1s and aligning
@Team, Teammates
growth with opportunity).
Provides thorough and clear guidance to open source
@Stakeholder
s.
Recruiting participation involves interviewing to fill open headcount for the
@Team, Teammates
.
Behavior
Influence
[Shared] Works with their
@Team, Teammates
and
@Across Teams
to solve problems and drive
@Project
s to completion.
[Shared] Constructively escalates problems and issues early to help course-correct and ensure progress towards
@OKRs
.
[Shared] Being able to understand when
@Task
s are not aligned with
@Team, Teammates
@OKRs
and able to shift those
@Task
s into backlog.
Communicates strategy, rationale,
@RACI
expectations and progress of
@OKRs
within their
@Team, Teammates
. Helps focus discussion within their
@Team, Teammates
on the most important aspects to ensure alignment with
@OKRs
.
Living Values
Consistently able to portray maturity when managing ICs, even those at higher levels than themselves or with different skill sets than their own.
Actively learning how to handle difficult management situations by seeking out coaching from EM/EX L6 to L8s.
Continuous Learning
Skills Continuity
All IC1 to IC4 competencies.
[Shared] = Criteria shared between IC L5 & EM at this level
L6: Head of <Area/Team>:
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Key Area
Attribute
Competencies
Impact
Scope
Manages 4 to 6 (or more) direct IC or EM L5 reports in the
@Team, Teammates
.
Responsibility
Responsible for shipping medium-to-large
@Project
s or
@Feature
s by supervising their
@Team, Teammates
.
Demonstrates an ability to successfully lead and empower others on the
@Team, Teammates
in different contexts to take accountability for their work.
Functional Skills
Prioritization / Execution
Works with
@Team, Teammates
to define what success looks like so that the impact for
@Stakeholder
s is clear; sets
@OKRs
, defines metrics, and tracks progress to ensure
@Team, Teammates
alignment.
Delegates responsibilities for their
@Team, Teammates
under
@RACI
. Empowers
@Team, Teammates
to make tactical decisions, but maintains responsibility as tiebreaker where necessary.
Works with their
@Team, Teammates
to determine
@Project
problems and risks. Elevates
@Project
risks to EMs and EXs appropriately and presents creative solutions to address those problems or gaps.
Monitors and adjusts pace of their
@Team, Teammates
to instill urgency for success, but protect against burnout.
Technical Capabilities
[Shared] Demonstrates ability to succeed in a wide range of complex technical situations across multiple axes: e.g. scale, uncertainty, interconnectedness.
Identifies areas of technical debt, does the cost/benefit analysis for resolving this debt and communicates suggested timelines for prioritizing this
@Across Teams
.
Team Building / Coaching
Plans and executes changes to
@Team, Teammates
staffing based on
@OKRs
and
@RACI
requirements: determines alignment based on
@Team, Teammates
skills, identifying gaps, defining roles, and managing the size of the
@Team, Teammates
.
Proven ability to successfully and non-defensively resolve interpersonal and technical conflict among their
@Team, Teammates
. Uses contradictory opinions as a basis for constructive, productive conversations and maintains an appropriate level of inquisitiveness.
Holds regular formal 1:1 meetings with each
@Team, Teammates
, providing constructive technical and growth/development feedback.
[Shared] Advises Leads and ICs with insights and recommendations to improve the
@Team, Teammates
.
[Shared] Recruiting participation increasingly becomes helping to fill open headcount for the
@Organization
, not just for positions on their
@Team, Teammates
.
Behavior
Influence
[Shared] Able to quickly resolve tactical issues across the
@Team, Teammates
in order to ensure timely completion of
@Project
s and alignment with
@OKRs
@Across Teams
.
[Shared] Contributes to defining strategic direction, planning the roadmap and
@RACI
responsibilities, escalating issues, and synthesizing feedback to ensure
@Team, Teammates
success.
[Shared] Ensures that knowledge is shared amongst the
@Team, Teammates
and does not position themselves or others as a single point of failure.
[Shared] Builds relationships with
@Stakeholder
s, seeking feedback and using it as a tool for growth.
Communicates effectively, clearly, and concisely in written and verbal form to both technical and non-technical
@Stakeholder
s, and in an audience-oriented way.
Can lead their
@Team, Teammates
and function effectively in the face of uncertainty and ambiguity.
Living Values
Values others’ input and remains open to changing their perspective (or putting aside their ego) for purposes of ensuring the successful completion of
@Project
s.
[Shared] Works through others. Lifts the skills and expertise of those around them.
Continuous Learning
Skills Continuity
All IC1 to IC4 and EM5 competencies.
[Shared] = Criteria shared between IC L6 & L7 & EM at this level
L7: Director of <Area>:
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Key Area
Attribute
Competencies
Impact
Scope
[Shared] Demonstrated success leading large, strategic, or complex
@Project
s or
@Feature
s that have clear impact to the success of the
@Organization
.
Manages large
@Team, Teammates
(including Leads as direct reports) and has a track record of influencing and delivering
@Project
s with
@Organization
al impact.
Responsibility
Responsible for shipping all
@Project
s or
@Feature
s across at least one
@Use Case
and
@Across Teams
= often has the ‘R’ responsibility under
@RACI
for most
@Project
s under their
@Team, Teammates
.
Independently responsible for all aspects of people management for their
@Team, Teammates
.
Functional Skills
Prioritization / Execution
Works with Leads to define and prioritize their
@Team, Teammates
-level
@OKRs
and to maintain consistency with broader
@OKRs
. Understands when to make trade-offs of certain
@OKRs
across multiple
@Organization
s.
Knows how to allocate their
@Team, Teammates
resources and budget among
@Project
s and understands and manages how all
@Task
s map to broad and narrow
@OKRs
within their
@Team, Teammates
and
@Across Teams
.
Works with EMs and EXs to set policies, processes and best practices that span their
@Organization
.
Understands and communicates to their
@Team, Teammates
known
@Stakeholder
expectations, priorities, requests and product gaps, and makes concerted efforts with
@Team, Teammates
to determine and fill in any
@Stakeholder
unknowns.
Technical Capabilities
[Shared] Ensures technical designs are properly evaluated for
@Project
s under
@RACI
and advises
@Team, Teammates
on how to improve execution.
Contributes to the architecture and design efforts primarily by serving as the technically-savvy voice that asks business and product questions of their
@Team, Teammates
, ensuring that the written code aligns with
@Stakeholder
expectations and can scale appropriately as their needs grow.
Team Building / Coaching
[Shared] Recruiting participation increasingly becomes sourcing, selling, and closing offers for Leads and all ICs. Has the ability to recruit senior candidates outside of their technical expertise.
Coaches L5/6 EMs and L5/7 ICs for succession planning and growing leadership in their
@Organization
. Coaching includes advising and helping
@Team, Teammates
build their skills regarding strategy, collaboration, influence, and execution, not only technical skills.
Accountable for development and career management of their
@Team, Teammates
, including: setting performance expectations, career planning, performance reviews, managing low performers, compensation reviews, promotions, and terminations.
Works with the EMs and EXs to plan the growth of the
@Organization
and scale
@Across Teams
.
Behavior
Influence
[Shared] Influences and leads conversations about the direction of major
@OKRs
and product roadmaps, drives
@Organization
-wide alignment of
@OKRs
, and uses that direction to inspire their
@Team, Teammates
.
[Shared] Collaborates
@Across Teams
to solve problems and resolve technical debates.
Represents their
@Team, Teammates
@OKRs
, metrics, and successes to EXs and Heads.
Is respected by and known to open source and industry
@Stakeholder
s.
Constructively challenges assumptions of their
@Team, Teammates
and EXs and Heads.
Works with and through EXs and EMs to set
@Team, Teammates
vision, mission, and strategy and the positive impact for
@Stakeholder
s.
Living Values
[Shared] Demonstrates effective judgment and critical resolution in all scenarios, and has a track record of proven good judgment by successfully executing key
@Project
s for their
@Organization
.
Maintains composure in times of
@Team, Teammates
or
@Stakeholder
conflict and consistently demonstrates conflict resolution skills.
Continuous Learning
Skills Continuity
All IC1 to IC4 and EM5 to EM6 competencies.
[Shared] = Criteria shared between IC L8 & EM at this level
L8: VP of Engineering <Organization>:
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Key Area
Attribute
Competencies
Impact
Scope
Manages an
@Organization
with direct reports typically consisting almost entirely of EMs (including Directors).
[Shared] Impact
@Across Teams
,
@Stakeholder
s, industry and a percentage of revenue.
Responsibility
Responsible for the success of all
@Project
s or
@Feature
s across multiple
@Use Case
s and
@Across Teams
and ensuring that EXs understand and are made aware of key strategic decisions that impact
@Organization
al products.
Oversees and manages the
@OKRs
and
@RACI
processes for their
@Organization
, including working with EMs and EXs to ensure alignment and consistency
@Across Teams
and across multiple
@Organization
s.
Functional Skills
Prioritization / Execution
Stays aware of major and minor changes around the company to anticipate and prevent obstacles from hindering their
@Organization
‘s performance.
Oversees the prioritization of work
@Across Teams
to maximize impact on the
@Organization
‘s and company’s success and ensure positive
@Stakeholder
engagements.
Regularly reviews and analyzes
@Organization
dashboards with EMs in their
@Organization
and formulates strategies to preempt product risks and consistently push forward
@OKRs
.
Works with EMs and EXs to create and adhere to a budget (financial and headcount) for their
@Organization
.
Engineering Strategy
[Shared] Plans out product roadmaps across multiple
@Use Case
s based on long-term or strategic
@OKRs
.
[Shared] Recognizes, influences, and/or resolves critical issues that may affect the company direction.
Team Building / Coaching
Manages the recruitment process for all
@Team, Teammates
of the
@Organization
and collaborates with EMs to determine gaps, needs and priorities of their
@Team, Teammates
and determining the roles needed to fill those. Able to build and manage global, diverse and remote
@Team, Teammates
.
Holds regular formal 1:1 meetings with Heads and regularly checks in with other
@Team, Teammates
. Ensures that any issues brought up to EMs across the
@Organization
are appropriately addressed and minimized.
Coaches senior EMs in their
@Organization
on strategy, collaboration, influence, execution, and other aspects of leadership. Able to work with
@Team, Teammates
that have stronger technical expertise than them in other areas.
Creates and oversees the onboarding and training process and programming for all new
@Team, Teammates
of their
@Organization
. Designates the appropriate
@Team, Teammates
to assist with onboarding under
@RACI
.
Organizational Building
[Shared] Oversees EMs to set policies, processes and best practices that span their
@Organization
.
Designs their
@Organization
to maximize
@Stakeholder
impact and responds to, and ensures their
@Team, Teammates
are able to effectively transition in the face of, changing needs of the company.
Behavior
Influence
Represents successful and unsuccessful
@OKRs
and metrics to EXs for all
@Team, Teammates
reporting to them. Presents solutions to resolve unsuccessful
@OKRs
.
Builds solid relationships with
@Stakeholder
s and ensures transparency among their
@Organization
to ensure alignment among
@OKRs
and
@Project
s.
Facilitates
@Organization
-wide discussions ensuring that all
@Team, Teammates
have an opportunity to share their opinions and be heard, and that discussion outcomes remain aligned with
@OKRs
.
Works directly with Executives on defining
@Organization
roadmaps for existing and new
@Use Case
s.
[Shared] Leads the
@Organization
to success with little guidance or direction from EXs.
Living Values
Demonstrates unwavering passion for and commitment toward building a world class engineering culture at Ockam and contributing to the larger open source community.
Continuous Learning
Skills Continuity
All IC1 to IC4 and EM5 to EM7 competencies.
[Shared] = Criteria shared between IC L9 & EM at this level


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