GitHub's Feedback Culture: Ryan Nystrom (Director of Engineering, GitHub)

Wednesday 2 September 2020
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GitHub versus Facebook feedback culture comparison with a breakdown of their key elements and cultural differences. Learn the secrets of a healthy feedback culture both on an organizational and personal level from Ryan Nystrom, Director of Engineering at GitHub. In this interview we're covering: The essential elements of a big company's feedback culture GitHub vs Facebook feedback culture comparison Formal performance reviews at GitHub The benefits of a healthy feedback culture Crucial elements to build a feedback culture Keeping feedback useful Handling strong emotional reactions to feedback A leader's role in a good feedback culture Gathering feedback as an engineering leader When to avoid giving feedback face to face HR's involvement in GitHub's feedback culture Excerpt from the interview: "When I’m encouraging people to share feedback, I tell them to consider their feedback a data point. I used to be nervous about giving critical feedback about others, because I didn’t want to cause trouble for them.

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