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Leading Leads - Lessons from a growing team

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Leading a growing team is exciting – it means you’ve earned the trust to expand out and your team is able to take on new, bigger challenges. It also means your team might outgrow you, and you need new lead developers to help things scale. Congratulations, you’ve just entered a totally new scope of leadership, leading a lead!

Leading other leads is an exciting and scary step to take. It’s now your responsibility to set expectations and goals, provide feedback, and support not just a team, but a new lead. This talk will highlight lessons learned from Monika’s own transition to leading leads. She’ll talk about challenges in reframing your role, as well as the opportunities for your own growth when your team member has a team to lead of their own.

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Leading Leads - Lessons from a growing team

  1. 1. WHAT HAPPEN S WHEN YOUR TEAM L EVE LS UP Lead to Lead 2
  2. 2. Monika Piotrowicz Director of Front End Development @monsika
  3. 3. • Developing Leads • Expectations & Performance • What changes for you? Today
  4. 4. Where do team leads come from?
  5. 5. Managing 101
  6. 6. Am I doing this right? How can I be less reactive and more strategic? What’s next for me?
  7. 7. When should I think about this?
  8. 8. A lead will have some combination of technical knowledge and skills, understanding of the business and product, and trust from your team
  9. 9. “Have you considered leading a team one day?”
  10. 10. Start Now • Ask • Talk about what you do
  11. 11. Start Now • Ask • Talk about what you do • Create opportunities
  12. 12. Make Space
  13. 13. A lead will have some combination of technical knowledge and skills, understanding of the business and product, and trust from your team all so they can help develop their team
  14. 14. Setting Expectations & Measuring Performance
  15. 15. micromanaging directionless laissez faire 🙃
  16. 16. Am I doing this right? How can I be less reactive and more strategic? What’s next for me?
  17. 17. The most impactful thing I can do today is… Right now I'm not great at… In a few months I want try…
  18. 18. They will do things their way
  19. 19. Your New Role
  20. 20. “I trust you to do the right thing - Here’s a list of things you should do”
  21. 21. Become a Coach
  22. 22. Make Space
  23. 23. Take Space new
  24. 24. Own your growth
  25. 25. Resources • Software leads weekly mailer • http://softwareleadweekly.com/ • Giving feedback with radical candor • http://www.fastcompany.com/3054668/lessons-learned/former-googler-lets-us- in-on-the-surprising-secret-to-being-a-good-boss • The Art of Powerful Questions • http://www.sparc.bc.ca/the-art-of-powerful-questions
  26. 26. QUESTIO NS? Thanks! @MON SI KA

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