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Most software developers would make lousy managers, but many of the experienced developers that I have met and worked with have more to offer in terms of technical leadership than they share with ...

Most software developers would make lousy managers, but many of the experienced developers that I have met and worked with have more to offer in terms of technical leadership than they share with their managers and team. As an industry, we need you to leverage your experience for the benefit of us all. In this session we will examine some clues that you may be ready to "level up". We'll discuss when and how to appropriately exercise technical leadership and when to keep our mouths shut.

Attendees will leave this session with a toolkit of tactics to influence their teams, companies and clients to make better choices in the pursuit of greater user value.

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    Leveling Up Leveling Up Presentation Transcript

    • Leveling Up Assuming Technical Leadership H. Alan Stevens
    • nerdhiveindustries.com
    • Contact Me Slides: speakerdeck.com/alanstevens Email/IM: alanstevens@gmail.com Website: halanstevens.com Twitter: @alanstevens
    • Technical competence is assumed!
    • •Trust •Tell a story •Value others What you need to know:
    • Leadership is not a formal role assigned from without
    • Leadership Myths
    • Leadership Is Innate
    • Leadership is possessing power over others
    • Leaders are positively influential
    • Leaders entirely control group outcomes
    • All groups have a designated leader
    • Group members resist leaders
    • What Is Leadership?
    • Leadership is an attitude you embody
    • Leadership requires pushing back
    • Leadership Means Accepting Reality
    • Budget Scope Schedule
    • Become immune to hype
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle
    • How do I lead?
    • Trust
    • Food
    • Humor
    • Safety
    • Tell a story
    • Emotions not Facts
    • Use metaphor
    • Invite people on a journey
    • Focus on a vision, not a task or an objective
    • Value Others
    • Encourage others to value you by demonstrating that you value them
    • Raise the value of the whole team
    • You can't raise yourself up by keeping others down
    • Convey an abundance mindset
    • A players hire A players B players hire C players
    • A players hire A+ players, not merely A players Guy Kawasaki
    • We're told we all need to be leaders, but that would be ineffective
    • A Visual Example
    • http://sivers.org/ff
    • It is the first follower that transforms a lone nut into a leader
    • There is no movement without the first follower
    • New followers emulate other followers, not the leader
    • Courageously follow and show others how to follow
    • When you find a lone nut doing something great...
    • Have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in
    • Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership
    • •Trust •Tell a story •Value others What you need to know:
    • Be willing and prepared to stand out
    • Thanks For Listening! Slides: speakerdeck.com/alanstevens Email/IM: alanstevens@gmail.com Website: halanstevens.com Twitter: @alanstevens