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Talking with Tech Leads (NewCrafts May 2019)

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As a software engineer, you will have learned that "naming things" will remain one of the most difficult tasks in our industry. This is even more confusing when it comes to roles and responsibilities for the Tech Lead role. After interviewing many people playing technical leadership roles, establishing a European-wide Tech Lead training program in his last company, and training 100+ Tech Leads around the world, Patrick will share his lessons learned about what exactly a Tech Lead is, and what it takes to make the role successful.

If you currently have or would like to take on a leadership role for an engineering team, come to this session to hear some practical tips that will make you a more successful Tech Lead.

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Talking with Tech Leads (NewCrafts May 2019)

  1. 1. Talking with Tech Leads @patkua …?? NCrafts (May 2019)
  2. 2. The first bank 
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  3. 3. Banking, this beautiful
  4. 4. N26 Spaces
  5. 5. #leader #coach #architect #developer #life-long-learner #author We’re hiring in Barcelona, Berlin, NYC and Vienna! https://n26.com/jobs/ Chief Scientist of N26
  6. 6. thekua.io/evolarch thekua.io/twtl thekua.io/retrobook Chief Scientist of N26
  7. 7. Tech Lead CourseBook Career & Training Programs What I have created thekua.io/twtl thekua.io/techlead-course
  8. 8. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  9. 9. Archetypical Story
  10. 10. Archetypical Story
  11. 11. 1. Want to be “Promoted” 2. “Ready” for promotion Archetypical Story
  12. 12. Archetypical Story
  13. 13. Archetypical Story ? ? ?
  14. 14. Lesson #1 The Tech Lead is not a promotion. It’s a role change
  15. 15. Behaviour Impact Position x x Position x x Position x x Position x x Role
  16. 16. 1. Not a complete checklist 2. Guide for conversation 3. Reduces systemic bias Tips for using a Career Ladder
  17. 17. Junior Software Engineer Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Tech Lead
  18. 18. Individual Contributor Management
  19. 19. Individual Contributor Management Technical Leader Trident Model
  20. 20. Junior Software Engineer Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Tech Lead
  21. 21. Junior Software Engineer Software Engineer Senior Software Engineer Tech Lead Engineering Manager [Specialist?] Individual Contributor Management Technical Leader
  22. 22. Trident Model Individual Contributor 70-80% time spent “Executing, doing” CodingTestingDesigning
  23. 23. Trident Model Management 70-80% time spent “Managing the system” Planning Supporting Organising Budgeting
  24. 24. Trident Model Technical Leader 70-80% time spent “Leading Technical Topics & Teams” Technical VisionAligning Team Tech Debt Management Technical Risk Management Growing Technical Knowledge
  25. 25. Top Tip! What got you here, won’t get you there Archetypical Story
  26. 26. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  27. 27. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  28. 28. What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD
  29. 29. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? “A Tech Lead is a software engineer, responsible for leading a development team, and responsible for the quality of its technical deliverables” @patkua’s Definition Source: https://www.thekua.com/atwork/2014/11/the-definition-of-a-tech-lead/
  30. 30. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? Source: https://www.thekua.com/atwork/2015/06/tech-lead-circles-of-responsibility/ Developer Skills Architecture Skills Leadership Skills Tech Lead
  31. 31. Lesson #2 The Tech Lead role requires effective leadership skills
  32. 32. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? Developer Architecture Leadership
  33. 33. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? How to shift? Source: https://www.thekua.com/atwork/2014/11/the-definition-of-a-tech-lead/ 1. Awareness 2. Training 3. Coaching 4. Practice
  34. 34. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? Source: https://www.thekua.com/atwork/2015/06/tech-lead-circles-of-responsibility/ Developer Skills Architecture Skills Leadership Skills
  35. 35. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? At least 30%of the time with the team Amount of Coding Source: Geek’s Guide to Leading Teams
  36. 36. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? My Tech Lead Test Does the codebase look like it was written by a single person? Yes No
  37. 37. TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? Leadership Skills to Invest In Empathy Coaching Self-Awareness Communication Influencing Delegation Motivation Feedback Conflict Resolution
  38. 38. Leadership Skills to Invest In TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead?
  39. 39. Leadership Skills to Invest In TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? “Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
  40. 40. Leadership Skills to Invest In TECH LEAD What is a Tech Lead? “Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.” - Bill Gates (2016) Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/fashion/bill-gates-gates-notes-books.html
  41. 41. Lesson #3 Benefit from many resources on leadership. Be sure to practice
  42. 42. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  43. 43. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  44. 44. Surprises & Struggles
  45. 45. Surprises & Struggles ? ? ?
  46. 46. ? ? Surprises & Struggles
  47. 47. Feeling Alone — “Outsider” — Different role — Shield/Filter Surprises & Struggles
  48. 48. ? ? Surprises & Struggles Feeling Alone
  49. 49. Feeling Alone ? Surprises & Struggles
  50. 50. Uncertainty — No right answer — Binary habit — Imperfect information Surprises & Struggles
  51. 51. Feeling Alone ? Surprises & Struggles Uncertainty
  52. 52. Feeling Alone Uncertainty Surprises & Struggles
  53. 53. People are puzzling — Unique — Different Strengths — Archetypes, stereotypes Surprises & Struggles
  54. 54. Feeling Alone Uncertainty People are puzzling Surprises & Struggles
  55. 55. Lesson #4 Take comfort that others have been on the same Tech Lead journey
  56. 56. Surprises & Struggles Build a support structure Top Tip!
  57. 57. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  58. 58. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  59. 59. A Great Tech Lead
  60. 60. A Great Tech Lead Develop Others
  61. 61. Tell Delegateor A Great Tech Lead Develop Others
  62. 62. Situational Leadership Model Tell DelegateSell Participate A Great Tech Lead
  63. 63. Situational Leadership Model Skill Motivation Urgency A Great Tech Lead
  64. 64. A Great Tech Lead Tap into Diverse Approaches
  65. 65. People Strength in Diversity Intellection Woo Achiever Strategic
  66. 66. Source: The Mix That Matters: Innovation Through Diversity (2017) BCG Research (2017) Gender Age Country of
 Origin Academic Background Industry Career
 Path Positive correlation with innovation revenue A Great Tech Lead
  67. 67. BCG Research (2017) Gender Age Country of
 Origin Academic Background Industry Career
 Path Positive correlation with innovation revenue Source: The Mix That Matters: Innovation Through Diversity (2017)A Great Tech Lead
  68. 68. A Great Tech Lead Invest Time
  69. 69. A Great Tech Lead Invest Time
  70. 70. A Great Tech Lead URGENT LESS URGENT IMPORTANT LESS IMPORTANT Do Delegate Delete Decide Invest Time
  71. 71. A Great Tech Lead URGENT LESS URGENT IMPORTANT LESS IMPORTANT Do Delegate Delete Decide Eisenhower Matrix Invest Time
  72. 72. Lesson #5 Move from Maker to Multiplier mode
  73. 73. Archetypical Story What is a Tech Lead? TECH LEAD Surprises & Struggles A Great Tech Lead Lessons Learned
  74. 74. KEYS TO GROWTH
  75. 75. Tech Lead is a role change It requires leadership skills There are many resources available Others have been on this journey Move from Maker to Multiplier
  76. 76. @patkua What questions do 
 you have? We’re hiring in Barcelona, Berlin, NYC and Vienna! https://n26.com/jobs/

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