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Orbital
 

Engineering Director Studio

5-week community of practice for managers of engineering managers.

$2,000
Qualifications
  • Currently employed at a product company (not an agency)
  • Primarily manages Engineering Managers
  • 1+ years of experience as an ED
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Fall 2022 Cohorts

8:30am Eastern

Led by

  • September 28

    Wednesday

    12:30pm - 2:00pm UTC
  • October 12

    Wednesday

    12:30pm - 2:00pm UTC
  • October 19

    Wednesday

    12:30pm - 2:00pm UTC
  • October 26

    Wednesday

    12:30pm - 2:00pm UTC
  • November 2

    Wednesday

    12:30pm - 2:00pm UTC

Limit 8 seats (max 1 per company)

8:30am Pacific

Led by

  • September 28

    Wednesday

    3:30pm - 5:00pm UTC
  • October 12

    Wednesday

    3:30pm - 5:00pm UTC
  • October 19

    Wednesday

    3:30pm - 5:00pm UTC
  • October 26

    Wednesday

    3:30pm - 5:00pm UTC
  • November 2

    Wednesday

    3:30pm - 5:00pm UTC

Limit 8 seats (max 1 per company)

Apply to join the waitlist Join our email list to get notified when this Studio runs again.

The Goal

Develop a Community of Practice

Orbital Studios helps you find and develop a community of practice—a group of peers you can both learn from and turn to for challenges (and opportunities) down the road.

First, we screen applicants to ensure they meet the specific requirements for experience level, role and responsibility.

Then, we convene a series of live virtual gatherings—usually over 4-5 weeks—facilitated by an experienced Studio Lead.

What you can expect:

  • Stories, best practices and perspectives that will aid you in your career.
  • Thoughtful dialogue amongst a cohort of relevant peers.
  • Access to an ongoing, growing alumni network after the program concludes.

Where we start

We focus on actual problems

To ensure relevance, prior to the start of the program we ask participants to share their current, day-to-day challenges, which we share back in Week 1.

We use their responses as a starting point. It helps us (and them) get a sense of where everyone is at, and it helps us understand how to direct the program.

Here's a sample of what past participants have shared:

Each week, we allocate a portion of our time to exploring those questions in short, directed, small group discussions.

We reserve most of our time for in-depth problem solving, using our Get Unstuck framework, which incorporates inquiry, deep listening and reflection.

We'll also sometimes invite more experienced alumni to join in on these conversations when more expertise is needed.

Lessons Learned

A Process of Discovery

Often times people simply need to be reminded of what they already know, or to take a moment to consider a fresh perspective.

For that reason, our process is heavy on dialogue, listening and self-reflection, rather than instruction.

Here's a sample of what past participants have discovered:

"This experience was simultaneously validating—I know a lot and have experienced a lot, and my perspective is valuable to my peers—and humbling—I still have so much to learn."

— Engineering Director, 2019

"Seems that every organization has its own quirks and issues and our job as managers and leaders is to make the pieces work as best and efficiently as possible"

— Engineering Director, 2019

"I have a much clearer vision of what I want to do as a director and how to accomplish it."

— Engineering Director, 2019

"Hearing so many perspectives has made me much more reflective on my teams’ processes and rituals and left me with a feeling of being empowered to make changes for the better."

— Engineering Director, 2019

"We aren't alone in all the challenges we face"

— Engineering Director, 2019

"That I need to think less about today’s problems and more about tomorrow so I can plan accordingly and set my team up for success."

— Engineering Director, 2019

"I’ve learned that my instincts aren’t wrong most of the time and I should lean into them a little more. I also re-learned that the practice of networking and developing one’s self outside of day-to-day work (books, or talking with these lovely folks) can be much higher leverage than banging my head against a single problem. This experience has also shaken some of the “grass is greener” out of me and made me appreciate my current organization’s strengths more."

— Engineering Director, 2019
What We Ask

Expectations

  1. Show up for the full duration of each session
  2. Be willing to give before you get
  3. Adhere to Chatham House Rules and our Code of Conduct.
  4. Give us feedback along the way

Time Commitment

  1. < 1 hr of prep work before Week 1
  2. < 30 min of prep work before Week 2

There's no homework, though we may assign challenges over the course of the program which will be scoped to fall within your normal work schedule.

Since 2016, we've gathered 300+ product managers, designers and engineering managers and directors from over 100 companies to learn from and with their peers across the industry.

Adobe
Artsy
Axios
Automattic
Betterment
Blink Health
Blue Apron
Bonobos
Buzzfeed
Casper
Cedar
Chartbeat
Classpass
Code Climate
Codecademy
Conde Nast
Crisis Text Line
Digital Ocean
DoSomething
DuckDuckGo
Enigma
Etsy
Facebook
Flatiron Health
Foursquare
Fundera
Ghostery
Github
Glossier
Greenhouse
Harrys
Harvest
HyperScience
Justworks
Kickstarter
Major League Hacking
Medium
Meetup
MongoDB
Mozilla Foundation
Namely
Newsela
Peloton
The New York Times
Shutterstock
Simulmedia
Skillshare
SoundCloud
Spotify
Spring
Spruce
SquareFoot
Squarespace
Stash
StreetEasy
Teachers Pay Teachers
The Farmer's Dog
Trello
Tumblr
Twitter
Two Sigma
Venmo
Vox Media
VTS
Warby Parker
WeWork
Yieldmo
Zocdoc
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