Decisive Moments for Engineering Leaders

"Fundamental Learnings for Engineering Managers" with DocuSign's VP of Engineering, Loïc Houssier

March 10, 2020 Plato Season 1 Episode 16
Decisive Moments for Engineering Leaders
"Fundamental Learnings for Engineering Managers" with DocuSign's VP of Engineering, Loïc Houssier
Show Notes

In this episode, the VP of Engineering at DocuSign (Loïc Houssier) shares what he learned from his early days to his role a a senior leader at a well-known B2B company. Episode highlights:

  • 1:15 - Being empathetic to reactions of the Coronavirus
  • 3:43 - First managerial mistake
  • 8:20 - What he learned during a break from the software industry
  • 10:44 - Being humble in a new workplace
  • 14:36 - How his youth sparked his curiosity
  • 17:14 - Building new relationships, especially outside the Engineering department
  • 18:42 - What DocuSign’s CEO taught Loic 
  • 19:42 - Why he returned to engineering management
  • 22:20 - What makes operational excellence important to eng managers
  • 24:45 - CTO versus VP of Engineering
  • 26:42 - Being an eng leader during an acquisition
  • 31:20 - Going from a unknown company to working at a known brand
  • 32:30 - Variations in workplace practices: US and France
  • 36:40 - Approaching situations based on cultural knowledge
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