DPC16: Things I was unprepared for as a lead developer

DPC16: Things I was unprepared for as a lead developer

Tthis is the story of how I became a lead developer and all the things I did wrong. It's about delegating, culture building, mentoring, planning, meetings (oh dreadful meetings), upper management and all the other stuff that a leader has to go through. It's also about all the fun I had and the things I learned. Next to that, I'm going to hand out some tips that can prepare you for the job a little better. And hopefully, it will inspire you to be the greatest leader of all.

Given at DPC '16


Pascal de Vink

June 25, 2016


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

    by the worst behaviour the leader is willing to tolerate”
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    • Mentoring • Giving and receiving feedback • Motivating •

    Hiring (and firing) people • Sickness / personal problems • Lead by example
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    –Susan Gale “We all have something in common. It’s just

    a matter of taking the time to find out what it is.”
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    Things you can do right now • Start mentoring •

    Ask for help • Feedback • Public speaking • Take an interest
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    Questions? • 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/