Secret Cabal meetings
I run a biweekly meetup for the staff+ engineers in my local organisation. A couple different folks asked about whether meetings like these have been worthwhile and how you might go about setting one up, so here is my approach. YMMV.
Overall, I’ve found these meetings to be pretty valuable in a couple of ways: they help build relationships between the staff+ engineers in the local org, serve as a social outlet where we can discuss things freely in a way that isn’t often possible with a wider audience, and act as a sort-of informal lightweight mentorship program where people share what’s worked for them in tough situations. It’s also sometimes useful as a bidirectional channel between engineers and Leadership that’s a little more direct than ad-hoc 1-1s.
We don’t have precise invitation criteria other than “staff+”, and the attendance list is a little fuzzy—it mostly overlaps...
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