Any tips for running successful One on Ones with a team of software engineers?

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Here’s a 1:1 template used by a veteran software engineering director at Microsoft; you can ask your engineers to spend 10 minutes prepping it/a version of before a 1:1:
3 wins
• Example project – finished testing 2 days ahead of schedule estimates.
• Example process – Heard from 3 directs that new process is helping to bring clarity.
• Example 3 – a short description.

3 challenges
• Example feature – FTs not committed to work to enable for OEMs.
Next steps: example proposal in progress for escalation.
• Example two – my cost estimates were off. We weren’t prepared for X.
Next steps: Adjusting timeline and writing proposal for resources.
• Example three – my team is not engaged on process.
Next steps: requesting feedback from team to root cause the issue.

This week, I need to talk about:
• Area of focus example
○ QQ: The question?
• Talk through: Idea I need to bounce off you
• Coaching: Example area where there’s a challenge
○ Thing that needs to happen
○ Another thing that needs to happen
• Example focus area
○ Flagging: example for awareness
§ Some detail example
§ Another detail that might be of interest

Other workstreams I don’t need to talk about this week or lower priority:
• Example workstream – it’s in progress
• Example workstream
○ Deliverable A – starts next week
○ Deliverable B – on track
○ Deliverable C – dependent on FT – ETA March
• Example investigation – important because
○ Next step
• Another workstream
• Thing you should know

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Thank you, I like how this covers the current moment while looking into the future. I’ll try it out soon

Keep notes and make sure you follow up on the things you say you will.

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Not flowery advice, but true and good.

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