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Traditional universities feel pressure as Eng Authority reaches milestone 2500th customer

Software engineering leadership program caters to aspiring engineering managers and tech leads

SAN FRANCISCO - Eng Authority, the online skills training program for professional software engineers looking to “multiply their engineering impact” and move up into engineering management or high-level individual contributor roles, has registered 2500 enrolled students. Taught by technical leaders including Directors, Vice Presidents, and Corporate VPs at notable tech firms including Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, and Coinbase, Eng Authority has drawn favorable comparisons to Master’s of Science in Engineering Management degrees at traditional universities.

“For the longest time, the tech industry has had an ‘academics-only’ approach to engineering management. That’s fundamentally flawed. You can teach computer science in a degree program, sure, but you cannot properly teach engineering leadership purely through a series of theoretical lectures. With Eng Authority, there’s finally an applied program, taught by industry leaders, that gives professional software engineers the practical skills they’ll need to actually become an effective engineering leader, whether that’s as a people manager or high-ranking individual contributor,” said an Eng Authority’s head of content in a statement.

Eng Authority’s intensive 8-week curriculum begins with a deep-dive into building technical systems for billion-user scale, a common challenge for software engineers at rapidly-scaling companies. In addition to necessary theorems, these lessons cover practical topics in caching, sharding, load balancing, microservice-based architectures, elasticity, and content delivery networks (CDNs). Example lesson titles include “Replication lag, eventual consistency, and monotonic reads” in the section on using replication, and “Shard rebalancing, directory-based partitioning, and fixed and dynamic partitioning” in the section on horizontal scaling.

Later weeks shift toward product and business strategy, which Eng Authority’s head of engineering called “a set of essential skills for turning software engineers into well-rounded, hyper-effective business leaders.” Lessons cover the four fundamental market entry strategies; using gamification and switching costs to build sticky products; advanced growth-hacking strategies incorporating recent findings in behavioral economics; and more. The course also includes 86 case studies covering the growth strategies of well-known companies including Coinbase, Slack, Tesla, Stripe, Airbnb, Twitter, Apple, and Meta and discussing how students can replicate these success stories.

Eng Authority’s head of partnerships added, “There are so many Master’s in Engineering Management degree programs out there. But here’s the problem: nobody is going to hire someone who only got one of these classroom degrees as a software engineering manager or tech lead. You can’t just learn about agile and such from a textbook and expect to hit the ground running as a tech lead at a top tech company. That’s why we designed Eng Authority for practicing professionals who can combine their on-the-job knowledge with our lessons taught by some of the industry’s top technology leaders, who apply the skills they’re teaching every single day.”

“We had engineering managers and leaders come together to figure out the concrete skills they’d needed to expand their scope from an IC [independent contributor] to EM [engineering manager] or TL [tech lead], and we brought in the tech industry’s best teachers to teach them. Instead of basic conceptual topics like ‘what is growth hacking?’, our case studies let students learn from examples like how Airbnb scaled to its first million users and then reverse engineer those same outcomes,” they continued.

Eng Authority’s $2329, self-paced course is marketed as a significant time and money savings over 1- or 2-year Master’s degrees, which can cost upwards of $100,000. The vast majority of technology companies reimburse the Eng Authority course, according to past students, which makes the course come at zero cost to the student. Data from Eng Authority shows that its students hail from a variety of companies, with many coming from the “Big 5” tech firms (Google, Meta, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft) as well as Oracle, PayPal, VMWare, and Cisco.

About Eng Authority:

The startup’s flagship course features material that has been taught at MIT, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Duke, and Vanderbilt, as well as the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The course has been publicly praised by employees from Stripe, Microsoft, Affirm, Salesforce, DocuSign, and more.

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