Leveling Up


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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 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

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