Engineering Managers

Welcome to the public landing page for the Engineering Managers Slack group. Our group is a safe, confidential space for engineering managers new to the role to chat and support each other.

Who's invited?

You are welcome to join Engineering Managers chat if you’re currently working as an Engineering Manager, Team Lead, or any other role which involves managing people working in technology.##

The Rules

Engineering Manager Slack Community Code of Conduct

“EMS” in this document refers to the Engineering Manager Slack chat group at “The administrators” refers to the administrators on this organization, a list is available at the top of the Team Directory (must be a member of the organization to view).

EMS operates under Chatham House Rule. You are free to use the information in EMS in other contexts, however you should not disclose the identity or affiliation of any commenter in EMS.

EMS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

The EMS chat group aims to provide a safe space where contributors can disclose situations that they are currently experiencing. It’s not always the case that the original contributor will be looking for advice or feedback. Do not offer unsolicited advice of feedback without first checking the intentions of the original comment poster. Specifically, advice and feedback should only be given if the poster requested it. If in doubt, check first and use the Gestalt Protocol.

This code of conduct applies to all EMS spaces, including public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the administrators.

Some EMS spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication
  • Instances of Privileged Explaining

EMS prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The administrators will not act on complaints regarding:

  • “Reverse”-isms, including “reverse racism,” “reverse sexism,” and “cisphobia”
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communicating in a “tone” you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions


If you are being harassed by a member of EMS, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the following members of the admin team directly by DM.

This code of conduct applies to EMS spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of EMS outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by EMS members, especially the administrators, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from EMS based on their past behavior, including behavior outside EMS spaces and behavior towards people who are not in EMS.

In order to protect volunteer admins from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of EMS members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the administrators may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all EMS spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other EMS members or the general public.


EMS is run by a team of dedicated admins for the enjoyment and benefit of its members. Our admins give up their own time to foster and develop the community and as such we aim to keep the community an advertising-free zone. We take a firm stance on members posting advertisements of any kind in the community and we reserve the right to remove posts which fall afoul of this rule. The poster will be informed and persistant offenders will be removed from the Slack team.


We encourage members to share open job postings and we have a #jobs channel specifically for this purpose. Re-posting across multiple channels, or requesting re-posts in private channels is actively discouraged. We also support member-to-member recommendations.


To request an invite, please complete our Google Form.


Slack chat spaces are divided into rooms called “channels”, and we have several set up. There are two you’ll be in by default:

  • #general: meet and greet; general chat
  • #intros: a place to introduce yourself

All other channels are opt-in.


The contents of this landing page are derived from the “Women In Tech” Slack group landing page. Special thanks go to Rachel Hodder, the creator of the original “Women In Tech” landing pages.

This landing page is built using the Single Paged Jekyll Template.

Source code is available in Github. Pull requests and issues welcome.