The art of decision making: Best Practices for Software Engineers

Introduction The ability to make effective decisions is a critical skill in today’s fast-paced and complex world. Whether it’s a personal choice or a business decision, making informed and well-thought-out decisions can have a significant impact on the outcomes. However, before embarking on any decision-making process, there are certain prerequisites that need to be met.

How do you create a system design interview task?

In the previous article, we discussed the critical components of conducting an effective system design interview, emphasizing the importance of defining high-level goals and competencies to evaluate. We provided a base skeleton that could be used to design detailed interview questions. In this article, we will focus on the process of creating an actual interview task, specifically highlighting what to pay attention to and how to prepare without overpreparing.

How do you conduct and evaluate a system design interview?

System design interviews are crucial components of the technical interview process, particularly for evaluating senior and staff+ candidates. When conducted effectively, this type of interview enables exceptional candidates to truly shine. The main goal of a system design interview is to evaluate a candidate’s ability to design or evolve a complex system within an underdefined scope.

What is expected from staff engineers

It’s relatively easy to explain expectations for junior, mid, and even senior engineers. But it starts to get much harder at staff+ positions. Career progression broadens the scope of work and responsibilities. The environment and problems get more ambiguous. It’s demanding to define a clear and measurable expectations, because staff roles also differ between companies and their actual needs.

Deep work, what it’s all about and how to approach it

Transitioning into leadership often brings with it the challenge of managing a higher workload with limited time. You have more things to do in a smaller amount of time. Your individual work becomes more complex, less defined, and requires from you a lot of focus.