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5-week community of practice for managers of engineering managers.
Limit 8 seats (max 1 per company)
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:
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.
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."
"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"
"I have a much clearer vision of what I want to do as a director and how to accomplish it."
"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."
"We aren't alone in all the challenges we face"
"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."
"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."
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.