A webinar hosted by the Fellow.app

Engineering 1:1 Panel | LIVE on October 6th @ 1 pm ET
Fellow is hosting a panel on engineering 1:1s on October 6th with technical leaders from Github, Vidyard, HashiCorp and Nintex.

Fellow hosted a panel of leaders and managers from different companies at different levels in tech! It was an exciting panel in which I took some notes and tips to include in my notes.

Some of the topics that were addressed in this webinar are:

  • First 1:1 and the challenges that each manager faced in their starting journey
  • Conducting the 1:1 meeting and the importance of keeping your direct reports engaged all the time.
  • How to manage high-performing team members and create value for them in the 1:1 meeting.
  • General tips and advice to practice in your 1:1.

My Notes

What do you ask in your first 1:1?

  • What do you like to get from your manager?
  • What did you get from the previous manager that you didn't like?
  • How do you like to get feedback?

What other questions do you ask in your 1:1?

  • What have you done recently? Something you are proud of, which I may don't know about?
  • How would you describe the last week(s) in one word or sentence?

How do you get people to buy the idea of 1:1?

  • Make good use of their time and make it valuable for them.
  • Let them know beforehand (if you can).

How do you deal with 1:1 with the high performers in your team?

  • Tell high-performing members what you feel and how their work contributes to the team's purpose.
  • Use their knowledge and skills as advisors and consultants in the team.
  • Prepare them for the next career steps.


  • You can have 1on1 without the camera; maybe that will make people feel more relaxed.
  • Keep changing and evolving the 1:1 meeting to fit the needs of your direct reports.
  • Don't do 1on1 on Monday or Friday (taken from the manager path book)
  • Keep asking questions, and you will be surprised by the amount of information you will get.
  • Be okay with silence; practice it.
  • Ask open-ended questions rather than yes/no questions to let them talk.


Further Resources:

Engineering 1:1s Panel