Manager Hacking 2014

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Past Sessions

  • February 11, 2014 @ 9am PDT, SF, Mountain View, Toronto & Everywhere via Air Mozilla
  • Nov 9th @ 9am PDT, SF, Mountain View, Toronto & Everywhere via Air Mozilla
  • Sep 5th @ 9am PDT, SF, Mountain View, Toronto & Everywhere
  • Aug 1st @ 9am PDT, SF, Mountain View, Toronto & Everywhere
    • Topic: Evaluating Success & Growth Needs
    • Remote? Please join via Vidyo so you can share!
    • Audience: Vouched Mozillians & Employees
    • Outline/notes:
    • Technology: Vidyo, IRC, info coming
  • June 6th @ 9am PDT, Mountain View
    • Connect: in the Brownbags Vidyo channel and (backchannel: #managerhacking on IRC)
    • Topic: Mentorship
    • Remote? Please join via Vidyo so you can share! We will do better this time.
    • Outline/notes:


What if I'm remote? 
We will stream Vidyo via Air Mozilla to Mozillians. A Vidyo channel will be provided when sessions are announced. Backchannel is #managerhacking
If I can't make it, will it be recorded? 
Yes. We have made the decision to record sessions so staff can review sessions in case they missed. You will be able to find past sessions on Air Mozilla. The team will also be doing a monthly podcast to debrief highlights of each session if you don't want to watch them. Those will also be on Air Mozilla.
If I miss a session can I still go to the next session? 
Yes. The sessions are all related because they are about management but missing one does not set you behind. Each session is a unique, beautiful, snowflake and will be equally useful. So if you miss one, don't despair -- just show up at the next one!
This seems pretty bay-area centric. What if I'm not there? 
Don't worry. We plan on rotating the locations to include other offices. Managers are global, and our management community will be as well.
What if I'm not a manager? Can I still come? 
Yes. If you're a Mozillian and interested, don't ask -- just go.
I hate lectures, what else will it be? 
It's managers speaking to each other with a small group of people responsible for guiding the discussion. It's NOT powerpoints and lectures -- or 1 person telling you how to be a manager. That's what we DON'T want this to be.
How do you decide on topics? 
You will have a voice in guiding the future of the program, and that voice is what matters. The stewards (Dia, Michaels, Dino, etc.) will help get a feel for what matters most to the group, but ultimately our hope is to just help find the next topic organically by listening to you.
What if I have something to teach? 
Talk to the group and volunteer. Talk to a steward and we can fit you in!
Will we still have guest speakers? 
Yes, but if we do, they'd be in the form of brown bags and scheduled separately.
Is this where I can learn how to hack my manager? 
No, it's not quite about that. But keep on keeping on -- you have a powerful imagination.


The manager hacking program exists to help us all become better leaders.


  • new managers are often looking for more training opportunities
  • encourage managers in different parts of the org to interact more often
  • we could learn more from each others' situations
  • we could make more of an effort to share what tools and philosophies we use


  • Goal: once a month, at regular intervals.


Sessions will be offered in a variety of presentations as follows:

  • Internal speakers provide best practices and reflection on session topics
  • External consultants/Subject Matter Expert speakers
  • Open discussion and panel discussion
  • Group activities/Role play/Application exercise

Before every meeting there will be an abstract, article or book for you to download. The literature is intended to spark thoughts around the topics, guide you to think about application and give you an idea of what you will learn. We'll push the link on Yammer, but you can also check back here to download.


This is a team effort, and it includes you. If you have questions or need help, email this alias:

Have ideas? Want to give feedback?

  • send feedback to any of the stewards below

Program stewards include:

  • Michael Coates
  • Lawrence Mandel
  • Dino Anderson
  • Dia Bondi
  • John O'Duinn

Find some of us in IRC:

  • #managerhacking

Topic ideas

We are always looking for presenters, internal or external. If you would like to participate, or you have a great idea we want to hear it!

Presentation examples developed from sources such as outside law firms or other top company programs include:

  • Managers and the Law
  • Effective Communications
  • Effective/Behavioral Interviewing
  • SMART Goals and Metrics
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Performance Management (1:1's)
  • Manager Accountability
  • Key Manager Skills - The 5 "L's" (Listen, Level, Look Ahead, Leverage, Link)
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Employee Lifecycle
  • Corrective Actions (PIP's) & Termination Management
  • Taking Responsibility, Shielding & Acknowledgments
  • Growing openness in your new employees

Other more custom to Mozilla might include:

  • Surviving the Mozilla Challenge Environment
  • Remote Experience - Working and Managing our remote workforce
  • Working with people not employed by Mozilla (other companies, volunteers)
  • IT Network Tips and Tricks (Audio, Video, Conference Rooms, etc)
  • Writing Workshop
  • The Science of Talent (or "Talent Science")
  • Maintaining and Managing Employee Data
  • Media Training
  • Running an Effective Mozilla Meeting

Good Reads

Keep in mind, no article or book will outline things perfectly, but each contains useful information we should piece together to form what works at Mozilla, ourselves as managers, our teams.