Staff+: Career Progression Without Management

The traditional route for progression in the software industry is from a senior-level individual contributor (IC), e.g. a senior engineer/marketer/data scientist/designer, into a management role.

Unfortunately, the required skills for success drastically differ between ICs and managers. Do you need to transition into a position you may not enjoy or excel at to progress in your career?

In this talk, I’ll present another way: the staff-plus IC career track, allowing career progression without people management, inspired by my experiences moving through Senior and Staff positions to my current position as a Principal Engineer at GitHub.

Presented at Level Up 2022.

Written up as a blog post: What is a Staff (or Staff-Plus or Principal) Engineer?.