Recently Oren Ellenbogen shared his Manager README and encouraged other folks to do the same through his newsletter Software Lead Weekly. I’ve been using a similar idea with new folks to my team since last summer, and have really enjoyed the conversations that come out of it.

It’s not common as humans to be so upfront about how you behave and what you value in any situation, let alone work. Laying these things on the table, and asking the folks who report to you to help keep you accountable, is incredibly liberating. Below is a copy of my manager README.