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From Developer to Technical Manager - A Survival Guide

From Developer to Technical Manager - A Survival Guide

In this talk, I shared my career journey of transitioning from a "Senior Developer to a Technical Manager role", what surprised me, what preconceived assumptions were busted, key challenges faced and dilemmas developers usually face, and some insights that can help an aspirant prepare better.

This talk was delivered at DevFest Munich 2023 https://gdg.community.dev/events/details/google-gdg-munich-presents-devfest-munich-2023/

Wahib Ul Haq

December 03, 2023

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    by Flaticon and infographics & images by Freepik @wahibhaq #DevFestMunich Thanks! linktree.com/wahibhaq @wahibhaq speakerdeck.com/wahibhaq Let’s connect Do you have any questions?