November 2020 Survey: How engineering managers are coping (and what they’re missing)

Despite more meetings, more emails, and more challenges, engineering teams are achieving more than ever in 2020.
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The shift to remote work significantly affected collaboration and availability, especially for those with kids or additional responsibilities at home. Some might have anticipated a decrease in productivity, compared to pre-pandemic levels, but nearly two-thirds of companies are seeing the same or higher productivity.

To learn more, we asked 250 engineering managers about their teams’ experiences since shelter-in-place orders took effect in March. What they shared reveals resilience, vulnerability, and a potentially concerning mindset for the months ahead.

  • What are the top “time sucks” faced by engineers today?
  • Who’s to blame: meetings or emails?
  • On what issue do 96% of managers agree?
  • What should be the top priority in 2021?
  • Beyond the data, how do we cope?
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