Agile + DevOps East 2020 Keynote : Promoted From Dev to Team Lead: 8 Things They Didn't Tell Me

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Promoted From Dev to Team Lead: 8 Things They Didn't Tell Me

I was three years into my software engineering career and loving it. Not a care in the world. Then a freight train hit me. I got promoted to dev team lead. The technical skills that make us great developers don't translate to management. In fact, they often hold us back. I learned this the hard way. In this session I expose the top surprises I experienced and the biggest mistakes I made during my first year managing a team. Like going into “superman mode” when there was a problem. Plus, I share 8 things I wish my boss told me before I took the job. Like being data-driven does not mean being a performance tyrant. For developers, this session will help you decide if you want to pursue a management role and what it takes to be successful. If you’re already a team lead, you’ll walk away with my personal playbook and all of my best tips for becoming a more effective leader. CTOs, VPs and Directors of Engineering will learn how to set up new managers for success as they transition from individual contributor to team lead.

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Linear B

Dan here. A few things about me… First of all, the only thing I find more awkward than writing a bio about myself is asking someone else to write one about me. So first person it is! I’m a software engineer at heart. Two years ago I started a company with another engineer, my co-founder Ori Keren. I pulled the short straw so actually at the moment I’m responsible for customer success, marketing and sales. Which is crazy because I had never done any of those things before LinearB. I wish I had more time to write code but I love being customer facing because I’m learning a lot of new stuff. Before LinearB I was a dev team lead, and VP of Engineering. I’m obsessed with how dev teams work together. Like what makes great culture? And how can engineering leaders be data-driven without being performance tyrants? And why can cars drive themselves but I have to spend 30 minutes every day manually updating my project tickets? :-) More importantly, my partner Lauren and I just had a beautiful baby girl named Leila. We recently moved to sunny Southern California which is a welcome change for this suburban boy from up-state New York.