Mobile Engineering 📱

Level 1

Mastery

Learns to write good Swift or Kotlin code

Asks questions and actions feedback from mentor

Fixes simple bugs or issues

Impact

Delivers assigned tasks, working with a more senior team member, and able to take PR feedback to improve their work

Influence

Improves documentation that is incorrect

Communication & Feedback

Provides regular status updates to their mentor/buddy

Points out syntactical improvements in code reviews

Writes PR descriptions that provide basic context for the change

Leadership

Level 2

Mastery

Responsible for building small to medium sized new features inside the app

Modifies and improves existing parts of the app (and reasons about the improvements)

Integrates with new APIs

Examples

Can add an integration with a new backend endpoint and handle return data

Can add an integration with a documented third party API

Adds basic UI and unit tests

Proactively learns new things and seeks out people who can help them

Manages the release master process

Uses concurrency appropriately

Examples

Can reason whether to use asynchronous or synchronous operations

Understands impact on app performance to use either

Impact

Delivers assigned tasks that meet expected criteria

Works for the team, focuses on tasks that contribute to team goals

Tries to unblock themselves first before seeking help

Manages their own time effectively, prioritises their workload well, on time for meetings, aware when blocking others and unblocks

Helps the team, does what needs doing

Breaks down small/medium problems into iterative steps

Influence

Proactively raises issues they spot in retrospectives

Communication & Feedback

Proactively communicates to their team what they are working on, why, how it's going and what help they need

Accepts feedback graciously

Gives feedback to peers when asked

Provides helpful and actionable feedback in code reviews in an empathetic manner

Take a look at the levelling up your code reviews talk for some ideas

Writes PR descriptions that provide context and provide rationale for significant decisions

“I decided to X instead of Y here, I also considered Z but for these reasons I went with X”

Leadership

Level 3

Mastery

Uses tools to diagnose and improve performance issues

Builds non-trivial, coordinated app flows with multiple services and data sources

Adds migrations to handle changes between old and new app versions

Examples

Owning migration from major language versions

Handling complex changes to third party dependencies

Writing migrations from one data schema to another

Builds complex UI layouts in code or via IDE

Contributes to group standards, impactful in improving our processes

Impact

Delivers large tasks and solves small scope problems, where a task is defined and a problem is not

Contributes to writing RFCs (Co-authors with more experienced Engineer)

Breaks down large problems into smaller iterative steps across multiple PRs

Influence

Actively comments on and engages with RFCs

Proactively improves modules, services, systems and codebases they encounter, 'this doesn't make sense, I'm going to do something about it'

Contributes to scaling engineering hiring (e.g. leads calls, does onsite interviews)

Builds simple tools or iterates existing tools for the benefit of all engineers

Communication & Feedback

Transparent about mistakes they've made, early

Proactively gives timely actionable feedback to peers

Proactively seeks feedback from the people around them

Considers the opinions of others before defending their own

Leadership

Finds learning opportunities for others when reviewing their code and follows it up

“I think this code could be improved by doing X, let’s pair on it and I’ll talk through why X is good for this”

Level 4

Mastery

Writes code that serves as a definitive example for new engineers

Identifies and fixes security vulnerabilities

Owns and coordinates large scale architectural changes to the entire codebase

Researches potential solutions and evaluates how they solve the problem. Able to articulate why a change in architecture is needed and the impact this will have on the team and business. Dissects into discrete tasks and works with other team members to resolve issues.

Examples

Network request lifecycle and authorisation

Model layer and persistence

App navigation and coordination, eg deep links

Modularisation

Debugs complex problems across a variety of subject areas

Seeks out technical knowledge to compliment their own, researches and patches third party libraries where needed. Uses reasoning to debug and find the root cause of issues. Articulates problem and proposed solution to both technical and non technical peers.

RFCs and architects complex app flows

Coordinates with backend developers around API specifications and requirements. Able to digest into discrete tasks and work with peers to solve problem in an efficient manner to avoid blockers.

Sought out for reviewing complex changes or commenting on larger scale RFCs

Impact

Solves ambiguous problems

Leads writing small/medium scope RFCs

Thrown at fires and resolves / contributes heavily to resolving them

Makes pragmatic choices about taking on tech debt

Considers multiple different solutions for solving a problem

Breaks down projects into smaller iterative steps that each deliver value

Influence

Maintains documentation on things they know the most, makes it easy for future engineers to interact with systems/code

Clears blockers for junior team members, provides context/guidance, or knows how to escalate

Asks why. Does not take truths for granted unless they understand exactly where they are coming from (especially wrt regulation, compliance, etc)

Drives changes to engineering practices with well-reasoned arguments and a "strong opinion, weakly held" mentality

Communication & Feedback

Proactively gives feedback "upwards" and to people they interact with who are not in their team

Transparent in making design and technical decisions

Leadership

Contributes to maintaining the monzo culture in their team, helping new joiners

Onboards / mentors new engineers

Gets buy-in on technical decision-making and proposed designs

Proactively involves other relevant engineers

Sought out for code reviews

Makes improvements to modules/libraries/services and goes out of their way to help others learn from it

“I’ve used RxJava for the first time here, I’m going to do a talk about why I’ve done this, here’s some great blog posts on it”

Level 5

Mastery

Coordinates group efforts across horizontal

A technical authority for iOS/Android on multiple teams, working with team leads and other engineers across the company.

Anticipates platform/project needs from other teams, technical debt and common problems

Proactively seeks out solutions for problems not owned by product teams, works with others to scope and identify solutions. Justifies effort to PMs in order to schedule work.

Anticipates large or significant platform changes, work with team to define possible solutions. Starts or finishes these projects.

Takes high level requirements and turns them into discrete technical concerns

Takes charge of low level deep dives when debugging complex issues. Able to handle situations where domain knowledge does not exist in the company and can lead the effort to resolve them.

Examples

Resolving issues with our compiler

Mapping out code paths for “hard to reproduce” issues

Impact

Solves the 'hard problem' in a project e.g. Mastercard crypto and sees it through to resolution

Solves larger ambiguous problems

Leads incident resolutions

Makes judgements about when to diverge from the immediate goal to achieve something else

Leading large scale technical infrastructure projects (level 5 would originate or complete, probably)

Leads writing large scope RFCs

Breaks down large long-lasting projects into sensible discrete chunks that compound to achieve a large goal

Influence

Represents Monzo at conferences/events

Given as reason for other engineers to join Monzo

Proactively shares knowledge internally

Acts as the 'sole proprietor', in the CEO mindset, their ego/agenda is not a factor in their thinking or decision making

Communication & Feedback

Helps other people develop themselves and regularly gives insightful, useful feedback to those around them.

Talks to non-technical stakeholders on appropriate level of abstraction

Leadership

Contributes to maintaining the monzo culture in the wider company

Bootstraps new teams

May be line manager for 1-2 engineers?

Level 6

Mastery

Impact

Accountable for delivery of large, mission critical engineering projects

Originates or finishes large, horizontal engineering efforts

Influence

Attracts other very senior hires

Engineers around them get better and have a bigger impact, faster

Communication & Feedback

Transparent about feedback they have received and what they are going to do differently

Leadership

Starts things that they cannot finish by themselves

Delegates to make better use of their time