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Making a Bigger Impact

Ariya Hidayat
November 13, 2017

Making a Bigger Impact

Presented at QCON SF Nov 13, 2017: http://qconsf.com/sf2017/presentation/making-bigger-impact-important-skills-master.

It is very common for an individual contributor to think about the next challenge in their career, whether it is the role of a tech lead, an engineering manager, or a software architect. When the transition happens, the first surprise is often in the form of the implicit nature of the new role: becoming a force multiplier and making a bigger impact to the organization. The good news is, there are few simple skills which can be mastered quickly and should catapult such a motivating individual contributor to a whole new level.

Ariya Hidayat

November 13, 2017

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