How To Scale Your Engineering Team With A Growth Framework


In the tech world, you’re only as good as your team. This is especially true for software developers that are building the products that you sell or that power your internal operations. As more and more businesses adopt all or mostly remote engineering teams, attracting, retaining, and supporting the productivity of the best talent requires clear expectations and paths for advancement for every role. This clarity is what keeps developers engaged, connected, and growing to support your business goals.

Building a framework can be difficult to prioritize in a fast-paced software delivery environment, but it’s crucial for a few reasons:
– It helps you scale by making it easier to hire, onboard and promote remote and in-office engineers
– It gives you a guide for compensating all engineers competitively at every level
– It provides clear milestones for advancement, helping you retain top talent
– It sends a clear signal that advancement is not limited to employees in a corporate office

Most HR departments set standards for what it means to be at each level or role, and from there, it often falls on managers to guide employees through their careers. For engineering teams, the most value comes from a framework that includes both a career path (which describes the path to advancement) and a competency framework (which outlines the skills expected for each role). Once you build this foundation, you can add more nuanced competencies and roles as your team grows.

Transitioning from a simple office-centric organizational structure to a holistic work-from-anywhere framework is time- and resource-intensive, but the results are often transformative.

From 2018 to 2019, Andela decided to overhaul its framework. We are a remote-first culture and we had a career path for engineers, but we’d outgrown it. To align with industry expectations and support our team of 1000+ in four countries, we needed to build a new system. Our goal was to provide every team member with better visibility into their career trajectory and the tools to get to the next level.

This e-book outlines the process we went through and the framework that we developed through that process. It can serve as a guide to help you build a distributed or in-house engineering team that can scale with business needs and as engineers and managers gain experience and seniority.

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