Presentation: Am I a Brilliant Jerk?

Track: The Whole Engineer

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Beginner

Persona: Architect, Chaos/Resiliency/SRE, CTO/CIO/Leadership, Data Engineering, Data Scientist, Developer, Developer, .NET, Developer, JVM, DevOps Engineer, Front-end Developer, General Software, ML Engineer, Mobile Developer, Security Professional, Technical Engineering Manager, UX Designer

Abstract

Netflix’s culture memo famously says, “On a dream team, there are no brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is just too high.” Well, what is a brilliant jerk? If the cost to teamwork is high, what are some examples of the cost?

This presentation will focus on the jerk part of “brilliant jerk” and leave the brilliant calculation for another talk. We will spend a majority of the time on Emotional Intelligence and why it matters in developing and operating software systems effectively. Opinions and perspective will be drawn from my experience as an engineer and then manager at Netflix. I’ll provide my answers for the first two questions: what is and why you can’t afford to have a brilliant jerk. I’ll also provide criteria I’ve used to self-assess and answer the most important question: “Am I a brilliant jerk?”

Speaker: Justin Becker

Engineering Manager @Netflix

Justin Becker is an Engineering Manager for the Playback API team at Netflix. He has worked at Netflix for 7 years, the first 5 years as an Engineer. His focus is building scalable, high availability, services running in a cloud environment.

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