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Developing yourself as a technical lead

Developing yourself as a technical lead

When you’re busy leading a team, coding and maintaining standards, how do you find the time to stay ahead of new technologies and develop yourself as a technical lead?

The truth is sometimes you need to step away from what you’re doing in order to see if it could be done more effectively. The Lead Developer conference has been programmed taking into account the unique challenges faced by technical leads, and sessions are designed to equip you with tools and strategies to make you 10X more efficient at your job.

Sessions at The Lead Developer are a healthy split between a focus on teams and a focus on tech. Here’s a preview of what you can expect on the day:

Practical advice on leading and motivating your team

As a leader, you are most effective when those around you are effective. The following sessions are packed with practical takeaways for successfully managing developers:

  • Cloning yourself isn’t an option – Rent the Runway CTO Camille Fournier will highlight ways to make your value multiplicative by empowering those around you.
  • Building happier engineering teams – Curator of the Software Lead Weekly newsletter Oren Ellenbogen will reveal 8 practical tips for keeping your team members engaged, including making their first day memorable and helping them build their personal brand.
  • People are weird, I’m weird – Development Team Manager Sam Barnes will help you better manage clients, project teams, colleagues and your bosses by showing you how to adjust your views and behaviours according to people’s differences.

High-level overviews of new and disruptive technologies

As well as six technical lightning talks throughout the day designed to give snapshots of new technologies, the following sessions focus on tools and how to implement them:

  • A primer on performance – Front-End Developer Una Kravets will teach you the neuroscience behind pagespeed, plus techniques to build performant websites.
  • The technical journey to microservices – Author Russ Miles will outline the best and most effective user experience for those having to plan, architect, develop, deploy and maintain microservices within their own systems.
  • Staying ahead of the curve – Developer Advocate Trisha Gee will investigate how to strike a balance between chasing after the latest shiny thing and developing existing practices to the point that their benefits can be felt.

The Lead Developer is one day of intensive learning that will have a positive knock-on effect on your entire team. We look forward to seeing you there!


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