Internal politics for software engineers and managers: Part 2
“Politics” has a bad reputation in tech companies. What is it, why is it important, and how can you get good at the “right” type of politics?
Q: I’m a tech lead but I feel like my voice is often not heard, and my team members are often ‘rolled over’ by more influential teams during decision-making. I want to get better at internal politics, but without being labelled as ‘political.’ How can I navigate this minefield of internal politics?
This is the second and final part in covering internal politics. In Part 1, we covered:
What is internal politics?
The “bad” type of politics.
The importance of influencing others.
How to influence people in your organization.
Expanding your network.
In this article, we cover:
The importance of politics as an individual contributor (IC).
Political situations as an individual contributor.
Becoming ‘influential’ an IC.
Internal politics, as a manager.
Building up political capital, as a manager.
Avoiding the “political” label.