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CodemotionBLN16 - Things I was unprepared for as a lead developer

CodemotionBLN16 - Things I was unprepared for as a lead developer

All the things I was unprepared for as a lead developer, as given at Codemotion Berlin 2016


Pascal de Vink

October 24, 2016


  1. None
  2. Who here is a developer? (Stay standing!)

  3. Who does not intend to be a developer forever?

  4. Who thinks she/he is ready to lead a team?

  5. Who just likes standing?

  6. Pascal de Vink @pascaldevink Things I was unprepared for as

    a lead developer
  7. Alexander the Great

  8. How do we get to be the great leader?

  9. Mid Dev Keynote Speaker Sr. Dev Chief Architect Distinguished Dev

    Dev Evangelist Author/ Speaker Junior Dev Dev Manager Project Manager Freelance Dev Solopreneur Startup Founder Small Business CEO Founder, 3rd company Chairperson of the Board Director of Product Engineering/ Team Lead VP of Product Director/VP Engineering CTO Developer Manager Entrepreneur Founder, 2nd company Brandon Hays
  10. The story…

  11. It didn’t go so well…

  12. Why were these tasks distracting me?

  13. I wasn’t prepared!

  14. Go home with this Lesson #1 Expectation management

  15. None
  16. Make sure you still get enough code time

  17. Agenda management

  18. Say NO more often

  19. Delegating

  20. C. VanHook - Flickr

  21. Culture (building)

  22. –Gruenter and Whitaker “The culture of any organisation is shaped

    by the worst behaviour the leader is willing to tolerate”
  23. None
  24. Culture is shaped by the best behaviour a leader is

    willing to promote
  25. • Mentoring • Giving and receiving feedback • Motivating •

    Hiring (and firing) people • Sickness / personal problems • Lead by example
  26. None
  27. Financial management

  28. That day the boss came up to me…

  29. None
  30. Public speaking

  31. None
  32. Talk to others

  33. –Susan Gale “We all have something in common. It’s just

    a matter of taking the time to find out what it is.”
  34. It’s not about the title!

  35. Things you can do right now • Start mentoring •

    Ask for help • Feedback • Public speaking • Take an interest
  36. Thank you! • https://speakerdeck.com/tehviking/hacking-spacetime- for-a-successful-career • https://phpmentoring.org • http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Asking-Learned- Worrying/dp/1455581089

    • https://leanpub.com/talking-with-tech-leads • http://simpleprogrammer.com/2015/05/25/some- advice-on-becoming-a-lead-developer/