The Lossless Leader is an advice column written by engineering manager Leemay Nassery.

Why call it The Lossless Leader? An engineering leader is someone who inspires their team, communicates well, grows their people to become leaders themselves, removes blockers or painful aspects of their team’s day-to-day, delivers on product requests and so much more. In tech, lossless compression is a technique that does not lose any data in the compression process; it reduces the size of files without losing any information in the file so quality is maintained.

Combining the two: Leaders aren’t perfect. Sometimes they manage to not “lose any data” in the process of leading their organization, and other times it may seem like they’re losing it altogether. We're naming this column The Lossless Leader because we all admire those leaders who strive to stay true to who they are and the people they serve (their team). They admit fault when necessary, learn from their mistakes, sometimes flourish in difficult situations — all while not losing themself along the way.

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Professional Development

Get me out of this pointless weekly meeting, please

By Leemay Nassery

There are two obvious options: Suggest the meeting just be canceled, or be proactive and seek an agenda ahead of time. Engineer manager Leemay Nassery advises on both in this edition of The Lossless Leader.

Software Development

Help! My on-call rotation sucks!

Taking time away to develop a top-notch on-call plan might seem counterintuitive. But, as engineer manager Leemay Nassery advises in this edition of The Lossless Leader, it could save your team (and you) from problems down the road.