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PRO WORKSHOP: You Sure, You Want to Be an Engineering Manager?

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Sonali Kalgaonkar
Intuit, Sr Development Manager | Leader Tech Women

Sonali has been in the software industry for 18 years and currently work as a Sr Product Development Manager and lead Tech Women at the Intuit chapter at Plano, TX. She has always been a passionate engineer and a strong champion of women in technology. Her passion includes building a high performing team with a diversity and inclusion mindset and leads D&I team at Intuit Plano. She also leads innovation in engineering teams through innovation days and unstructured time and creating a space where engineers can do the best work of their life.
She Has led teams in past-producing products for finance, health care, and tax domains. Her expertise is back-end engineering, building server components for multitier applications. She also helps teams to achieve operational excellence and better developer productivity by implementing DevOps, continuous testing, integration, and deployment (CI/CD), container deployment in Docker and is a certified AWS Developer.
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Prior to Intuit, she worked as a consultant for Pepsico, Oncor, Matrix, and others and holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering.


If you’ve been someone like me, been in the industry for a while, and have completed years as an engineer, you might have this difficult question: What’s next? Shall I continue on the technology ladder or explore the possibility of tech leadership path. A lot of companies like Intuit will have a career path split, usually after the senior engineer level: technical or management path. So which one should you pick? Usually, the choice is very clear for engineers who want to stay in technology. However, there are people like me indecisive, not sure which choice to make.
A lot of people deal with this dilemma, in this session, I will unpack of responsibilities to Engineer and Manager aspects of this role. For e. How as an engineer this role becomes the flag bearer of Operational and Technical Excellence of the product development. And as a manager make a high performing team by Hire/Grow and Retain and effective Team and People Management.
In the end - Technical managers are a special breed, requiring both technical savvy and people skills. It’s an interesting work, at times the technical aspects will need more attention, sometimes it’s the people aspects. In this leadership role, we can create a bigger impact than by writing code myself.