one year in at coursera
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On this day, in 2020, I had on my Coursera blue swag t-shirt, a hair cut, a new pair of kicks, and a birghtly lit office room (with my now "infamous" sneaker wall as the backdrop), ready to meet my new colleagues and onboard.
In the year since, I've led, been a part of, and participated in a lot as I took on the management of our Core Learner Experience engineering team.
By the numbers, my year has consisted of:
60+ 1:1s with my manager
25 sprint plannings & retrospectives, 5 quarterly plannings
1 Employee Resource Group cofounded (Mental Health Allies @ Coursera, currently co-chair)
2 Employee Pulse Surveys
1 Coursera Make-A-Thon
1 team split into its own charter
4 interns (Thanks Karen, Guy-Jacques, Steven and Amanuel)
2 Direct Hires, 2 Contractor Hires
2 direct reports promoted
1 p0 outage
1 engineering-org wide initiative & OKR owned (hiring! more on that later)
1 engineering pre-mortem planned and executed
1 visit to the HQ office
4+ weeks of PTO taken, 7 sick days too
1 bootcamp cohort graduated (my 6th cohort taught)
2 courses completed on Coursera (Inclusive Leadership & Leadership Through Social Influence)
12K+ emails received
21 lbs gained
30+ wrong item deliveries on doordash
5 failed instacart deliveries
20+ successful Amazon/Whole Foods deliveries
100+ disposable masks... disposed of
587 "Let me share my screen" announcements
1236 awkward "okay. byeeeeeeee" Zoom meeting endings.
...and lots more.
It's been a wild journey. Fun, many times. Stressful, quite a few times. Difficult, many times. Worth it - still every time I login.
A lot has happened in the world since the first day at the new job. A lot of work. A lot of life. A lot of streaming. A lot of wins and losses.
And after a 2 week break, and some reflection, we'll get back into many, many more.
Jayson is a former(-ish) DJ turned software engineer and now leader, having written code or led teams for over 18 years. Currently, he's a Senior Engineering Manager, speaker, bootcamp instructor, and sometimes distance runner.
In his downtime, he can be found trying to put dent in his Netflix queue, playing FPS and fighting games, and livestreaming code and technology on his Twitch channel.