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Developer To Manager (and back, and back again)

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Slides from my Devopsdays Vancouver 2018 talk on the move back and forth from management. Mistakes made, lessons learned.

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Developer To Manager (and back, and back again)

  1. 1. Developer to Manager (and back, and back again)
  2. 2. Who? • Founded in 2011. Global team: Mountain View, CA USA (Headquarters), Tokyo Japan, Seoul Korea • $54 million raised from Silicon Valley VC firms & Strategic Investors
 Sierra Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Jerry Yang, SBI (formerly Softbank Investment), IT Farm, Bill Tai • ~1M rows/second • 700,000 Presto queries/day @j14159
 (Twitter, GitHub)
  3. 3. What/Where? • Dev → Senior Dev → Lead Dev • Senior/Lead → Manager (hybrid manager-developer) • Lead → Manager (hybrid again)
  4. 4. Mistakes! And lessons from both sides CC-BY-2.0waterboardhttps://flic.kr/p/fbxeK9
  5. 5. People (No project management today) CC-BY-SA-4.0AnotherBelieverhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vancouver_Pride_2016_-_42.jpg
  6. 6. Spoilers Empathy (or lack thereof) Ego
 (too much of it)

  7. 7. One:One
  8. 8. Why 1:1s? Healthy organizations
  9. 9. How to 1:1 It’s not about the manager
  10. 10. Tools For Talking
  11. 11. – Tyler Weir (@tylerweir) “Sometimes you’re a bit direct.”
  12. 12. Turn Into The Wave Embrace dissent
  13. 13. 1:1 With Empathy
  14. 14. Feedback Loop
  15. 15. 1:1s Pure Information CCBY2.0MarcinChady-https://flic.kr/p/bKeGz8
  16. 16. Cultivate the Flow Of information PublicDomain,PaulHames,CaliforniaDepartmentofWaterResources
  17. 17. Full Duplex NVC It’s not just for managers. CCBY2.0MarcinChady-https://flic.kr/p/bKeGz8
  18. 18. Make Room CC-BY-SA-4.0Myrabella/WikimediaCommons
  19. 19. Make Room CC-BY-SA-4.0Myrabella/WikimediaCommons
  20. 20. (Misuse of) Authority PublicDomain-https://flic.kr/p/ePSr4W
  21. 21. – Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) “The line between service and authority can be thin, and authority can seem ‘easier’. If you don’t have to gain consensus you can go faster.”
  22. 22. – Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) “Ultimately, the difference is that
 authority drives out creativity
 and the cycle of ideas that is so vital in software.
 It does so by design.
  23. 23. Ego + Authority = Bad Time
  24. 24. For Every Team A Reason CCBY2.0RebeccaSearle-https://flic.kr/p/KgoDg
  25. 25. Team Development Ego + authority kills it CCBY2.0monkeywing-https://flic.kr/p/7RrDJo
  26. 26. Team Development Ego + authority kills it CCBY2.0monkeywing-https://flic.kr/p/7RrDJo
  27. 27. Round 2 Back to management
  28. 28. The Team Knows What it Needs CC-BY-2.0jjmusgrove-https://flic.kr/p/r1UuJD
  29. 29. Provide Context Buffer and share
  30. 30. Help Make Room CC-BY-SA-4.0Myrabella/WikimediaCommons
  31. 31. Devops Continuum Different roles, shared purpose
  32. 32. A New Continuum More shared purpose
  33. 33. (Management?) Continuum More shared purpose
  34. 34. Reading List • Nonviolent Communication
 https://www.nonviolentcommunication.com/ • The Manager’s Path
 http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920056843.do • High Output Management
 https://www.amazon.ca/High-Output-Management- Andrew-Grove/dp/0679762884 • Ego Is The Enemy
 http://egoistheenemy.com/

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