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First Steps As A Lead

So you decided to become a lead, or you just became one! Now what?

In this talk, Dan walks you through his journey of switching roles, from a Senior Software Engineer to an Engineering Lead. He will also share his experiences, learnings and challenges during his first year as a lead.

He’ll talk about the reasons he decided to take this new role, his first steps and initial impressions about being a lead and about how this role helped him grow. He’ll share his mistakes, learnings and early wins. He’ll provide hints to people who plan to take the leading path, to help them smoothen their way. He'll also present the most impactful things new leads can do in order to keep their teams motivated, happy and to drive them towards a culture of high performance.

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First Steps As A Lead

  1. 1. FIRST STEPS AS A LEAD DAN PERSA @danpersa 06.2018 LONDON
  2. 2. 2 DAN PERSA Engineering Lead @danpersa
  3. 3. Read the job description
  4. 4. Ask for support
  5. 5. The meetings
  6. 6. Career switch
  7. 7. Learn fastApply what you read in books Get a mentor Former leads
  8. 8. Trust instead of control Regular 1:1s Earn the respect of the team Transparency
  9. 9. The team has the best solutions to problems, the lead’s role is to help the team discover those solutions.
  10. 10. The Feedback Loop
  11. 11. Not taking a decision is a decision We are accountable for both the decisions we take as well as for the ones we decide not to take.
  12. 12. Feedback culture
  13. 13. 14 SUMMARY GETTING STARTED Read the job description Ask for support EXPECTATIONS Career switch The meetings The feedback loop Learn fast DELIVERY Trust instead of control Decisions, decisions Support the team Feedback culture
  14. 14. x THANK YOU @danpersa