The prestigious Engineering Leadership Program is designed to help professional software engineers advance to engineering management and corporate leadership positions
PALO ALTO – Eng School, the professional development program for aspiring engineering managers and technical leaders, has just enrolled its 1000th student thanks to rapid word of mouth in the software engineering community. The fully distance-learning program is taught by technical managers from major technology companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Meta and Coinbase. Its stated aim is to provide a mix of theoretical and practical skills that engineers need to “multiply their technical impact” and accelerate their rise to senior technical roles.
“We’ve had entire teams of a dozen engineers take this course, and the learning outcomes have been outstanding. This includes my entire team. I’ve seen a lot of my reports go from just submitting PR [pull requests] speak at meetings on technical decisions, and even work with our PM [product manager] on strategic concepts. It’s very rewarding to see as a manager, and that’s the kind of stuff I think ICs [individual contributors] absolutely need to study in their mid-career,” said a recent Eng Authority client.
“We are pleased to see that Eng School is becoming the industry standard training material for current and future Technical Managers and EMs. [engineering managers]Eng School’s Customer Success Manager commented on the client’s quote. “The program is designed to help practicing software engineers quickly advance their technical careers, and we are grateful that more and more organizational leaders are equipping their team members with this vital tool.”
The praise comes amid a period of rapid expansion for Eng School. According to the company’s customer success manager, the program now gives customers immediate access to all course content upon registration, including nearly 200 video lessons and more than 5,000 pages of additional readings. “Our clients are full-time working professionals, and it would be impractical to expect them to attend live events or in person. The best way to respect their time is to let them go through the course at their own pace. This flexibility has nearly doubled the key metrics that track our learning outcomes,” the Eng School curriculum manager said in a statement.
“We see a wide range of customers. Most clients complete the course in three to four weeks, while others complete it in just one or two weeks. Others take one module a month, working with their manager to find projects that allow them to apply the skills they’ve learned over the past month. To support all of these use cases, we’re proud to offer all of our customers lifetime access. They even get lifetime access to all future updates at no additional cost,” the statement continued.
The Eng School’s intensive 8-part program begins with a deep dive into building technical systems at the scale of “a billion users”, a major challenge for software engineers in high-growth startups and fast-growing companies. In addition to fundamental theorems from the world of computing, these lessons cover practical topics in caching, partitioning, load balancing, microservices-based architectures, elasticity, and broadcast networks. content (CDN). Examples of lesson titles include “Replication Lag, Eventual Consistency, and Monotone Reads” and “Partition Rebalancing, Directory-Based Partitioning, and Fixed and Dynamic Partitioning.”
The final modules veer towards product and business strategy, which the Eng School’s product manager called “a suite of essential skills for turning software engineers into well-rounded, hyper-effective business leaders” . The lessons in this end of course cover four fundamental market entry strategies; use gamification and switching costs to create sticky products; advanced growth hacking strategies incorporating recent insights from behavioral economics; and more.
The course also includes 86 case studies that analyze the growth strategies of well-known companies, including Stripe, Tesla, Slack, Airbnb, Coinbase, Twitter, Apple, and Meta. “We use these lessons to show real-world applications of the theories and techniques we teach in the classroom modules. The goal is to show students how they can replicate these successes in their own engineering projects,” the Eng School’s engineering manager said in an interview.
Eng School recently completed a series of updates and plans to continue updating its material based on industry research and customer feedback. “In our latest update, we’ve selected nearly 600 additional readings (totalling over 5100 pages) and made them available to our customers as a free upgrade. Our video lessons are streamlined and focus on essential theories, tools, and tactics.The purpose of these readings is to help students discover more applications of these ideas, understand the lively debate around the trade-offs these theories entail, and discover cutting-edge applied research in this space,” the head of Eng School’s content branch said in a statement.
“For example, in Optimizing Tech Products for Hyperscale, we teach students how to deal with massive spikes in demand. In our videos, we cover topics such as using load balancers to scale backends horizontally; how to use message queues and asynchronicity to scale more efficiently; and how to create CDNs to serve large volumes of static media. We supplemented this with more applied knowledge in our handpicked further reading. For example, students will learn how to choose between RabbitMQ and Kafka for message queues, or between Memcached and Redis for caching. These are decisions they will have to make on the job, especially as they move into more technical and strategic leadership roles,” he added.
“One of the VPs we worked with emphasized the importance of educating students about new developments in the field by reading articles from leading engineering teams who are creating cutting-edge tools for distributed systems. So we’ve added readings that cover topics like Twitter’s Deterministic Aperture Load Balancing Algorithms and Cloudflare’s notorious technique of buffering “unpopular” CDN resources. We want our students to stay up to date with what’s happening in the industry right now, and we think content like this will really help,” the statement continued.
About the English School:
The Eng School Technical Strategy Program currently costs $4379 and contains 196 on-demand videos and 598 additional readings. Many employers fully reimburse their employees for the Eng School program, making the course cost-free to the student. The course is taught by technical leaders, including directors, vice presidents, and corporate vice presidents from well-known technology companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, and Coinbase. Course content has been taught at MIT, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke, and Vanderbilt, as well as the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.