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What I wish I knew as a first time Tech Lead

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Talk that I gave at the Lead Dev conference in London on 23 Jun 2016 describing the journey and lessons learned at different stages of being a Tech Lead

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What I wish I knew as a first time Tech Lead

  1. 1. WHAT I WISH I KNEW @patkua AS A FIRST TIME TECH LEAD
  2. 2. Who is @thoughtworks Tech Radar First Continuous Integration Tool 2
  3. 3. ABOUT @PATKUA Architect Developer Leader Coach Life-long learner Author http://tiny.cc/retros 3 http://tiny.cc/twtl Tech Lead
  4. 4. Interviews from over 35 Tech Leads from various companies and industries
  5. 5. 5
  6. 6. PART 1 6 PART 3 LIFE AS A DEVELOPER FIRST TIME TECH LEAD WISER TECH LEAD PART 2
  7. 7. PART 1 7 PART 3 LIFE AS A DEVELOPER FIRST TIME TECH LEAD WISER TECH LEAD PART 2
  8. 8. PART 1 8 PART 3PART 2 LIFE AS A DEVELOPER
  9. 9. 9 PART 1 LIFE AS A DEVELOPER
  10. 10. CONGRATULATIONS You’ve just been made a Tech Lead
  11. 11. You’ve just been made a Tech Lead NOW WHAT?
  12. 12. 17 PART 1 LIFE AS A DEVELOPER
  13. 13. 18 PART 2 FIRST TIME TECH LEAD PART 1
  14. 14. Clean Code TDD CI&CD Refactoring DDD Design Patterns ? ? ? ? ?
  15. 15. THE PATH IS ROCKY
  16. 16. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD
  17. 17. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD Writing code all the time
  18. 18. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD Writing code all the time Making all the technical decisions
  19. 19. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD Writing code all the time Making all the technical decisions People - that’s someone else’s problem
  20. 20. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD Writing code all the time Making all the technical decisions People - that’s someone else’s problem The team know what they’re doing
  21. 21. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD Writing code all the time Making all the technical decisions People - that’s someone else’s problem The team know what they’re doing They’ll resolve arguments themselves
  22. 22. MISTAKE LOYALTY CARD Writing code all the time Making all the technical decisions People - that’s someone else’s problem The team know what they’re doing They’ll resolve arguments themselves
  23. 23. 28 PART 2 FIRST TIME TECH LEAD PART 1
  24. 24. PART 3 29 PART 2PART 1 WISER TECH LEAD
  25. 25. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  26. 26. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101 The world will no longer be binary
  27. 27. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101 no longer binary
  28. 28. no longer binary
  29. 29. no longer binary
  30. 30. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 102 don’t needYou to all the answershave
  31. 31. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 102 don’t needall the answers I don’t know. Let’s ask someone or find someone who knows
  32. 32. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 103 Your role is not to be liked by everyone
  33. 33. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 103 is not to be liked by everyone
  34. 34. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 103 is not to be liked by everyone
  35. 35. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  36. 36. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  37. 37. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  38. 38. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  39. 39. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  40. 40. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  41. 41. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  42. 42. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 104 You are not alone
  43. 43. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 105 Non-technical areas are just as important
  44. 44. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 105 Non-technical areas Leader Developer Architect
  45. 45. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 106 People are complex
  46. 46. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 106 People are complex
  47. 47. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 106 People are complex
  48. 48. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 106 People are complex
  49. 49. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 107 You can’t do everything yourself
  50. 50. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 107 can’t do everything
  51. 51. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 107 Use the Situational Leadership Model can’t do everything
  52. 52. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 107 Supportingbehaviour Directing behaviour Low High High Low Tell SellParticipate Delegate
  53. 53. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 107 Supportingbehaviour Directing behaviour Low High High Low Tell SellParticipate Delegate
  54. 54. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 108 There are many ways to be a leader
  55. 55. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 108 many ways COACH SHEPHERD SHAMAN CHAMPION
  56. 56. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 109 You have a secret power
  57. 57. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 109 secret power No
  58. 58. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1010 Your role gives you greater impact
  59. 59. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1010 greater impact 10x
  60. 60. 21 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1010 greater impact x 1.1
  61. 61. 66 PART 3 A WISER TECH LEAD
  62. 62. 67 PART 3
  63. 63. @patkua THANK YOU! 68 SEE YOU AT OUR STALL!

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