Calibrate 2019 (9 of 10) - https://www.calibratesf.com/
“How to Keep Up Your Technical Skills Without Annoying Your Teams“ - Kathleen Vignos, Twitter, Director, Platform Engineering
According to a study by Benjamin Artz, Amanda Goodall, and Andrew J. Oswald of 35,000 randomly selected employees and workplaces, competent bosses are “easily the largest positive influence on a typical worker’s level of job satisfaction.” It’s a catch-22: our teams want technically competent managers, but they also often want managers to keep their hands off of their code. With the rapid pace of change in software development, how can we as managers stay technically current when our jobs demand that we move further and further away from the code the higher we go? And what if some of us just miss programming? I’ll share creative strategies for developing and maintaining technical skills—some through the act of managing itself. We’ll cover: understanding the systems you manage, automating management tasks, working on side projects and keeping up with trends.
Kathleen Vignos is a Director in Platform Engineering at Twitter, where she heads Twitter’s public cloud strategy and core infrastructure automation teams. She also leads Twitter’s internal engineering manager training program. Previously, she was Director of Engineering at Wired where she built the team that scaled the website to 1 billion page views a year. Over 20+ years she’s worked at two startups (one of which she founded), taught business software programming at the university level, won a hackathon, and developed dozens of websites. She regularly coaches engineering managers and female engineers on confidence and leadership. She serves on the Ambassador’s Council for local San Francisco non-profit, New Door Ventures.
Calibrate was a conference for new engineering leaders hosted by seasoned engineering leaders. Organized and hosted by Sharethrough, it was conducted yearly in September, from 2015-2019 in San Francisco, California.