July 6, 2021

49 - Managing the Tension Between Product & Engineering: Sunita Venkatachalam, Engineering Director

Historically, a tension between product and engineering left engineers without a seat at the SDLC table. Product was seen as the driver of work, with engineers being the doers of their vision.


Historically, a tension between product and engineering left engineers without a seat at the SDLC table. Product was seen as the driver of work, with engineers being the doers of their vision. Over the last number of years, this perspective has begun to shift thanks to senior engineering leaders like Sunita Venkatachalam. Working at firms like Yahoo! India and Target, Sunita dives in this week with thoughts from her recent talk and article on this exact theme. From creating boundaries, building alignment through team charters, and increasing empathy in conversations, Sunita shares proven strategies to help eliminate these tensions.

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