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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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  1. @wahibhaq
    #DevFestMunich
    Wahib Ul Haq
    Hello

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  2. #DevFestMunich
    @wahibhaq
    From Developer to
    Technical Manager
    Missing Coding?
    What do you
    even do?
    Imposter
    syndrome?
    A SURVIVAL GUIDE

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    #DevFestMunich

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    #DevFestMunich

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    #DevFestMunich

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  6. @wahibhaq
    #DevFestMunich
    Career Journey…
    Education Developer
    Android Developer
    (2011 - 2019)
    Started getting
    Active in Community
    Developer
    Advocate
    Developer Advocate
    @Huawei (2019 - 2020)
    Co-launched
    @DevRelMunich Meetup
    Technical
    Manager
    Tech Program Manager
    @Huawei (2020 - 2022)
    Sr. Program Manager
    @diconium (2023 - now)
    02 03 04
    01

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  7. @wahibhaq
    #DevFestMunich

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    #DevFestMunich

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    Move from Dev to X Manager
    ➔ Promotion at current Company
    ➔ Role Evolves (Need-Driven)
    ➔ Search and Move to a new role
    in a new Company
    ➔ Other Reasons

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  10. #DevFestMunich
    @wahibhaq
    Source: https://codecapsule.com
    Move from Dev to X Manager
    Source: https://www.quora.com/profile/Dmitry-Shvetsov-2

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    #DevFestMunich

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    The Days of Homogenous
    and Organized Work
    are Gone
    First Impressions

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    Days are always occupied
    but no “real” feeling
    of Accomplishment
    First Impressions

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    @wahibhaq
    Coder → Content Creator
    First Impressions

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  15. #DevFestMunich
    @wahibhaq
    Life of Managers is not
    Easy Peasy
    First Impressions

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  16. “60% of new managers fail
    within the first two years.”
    (CEB Global)
    Photo by Brusk Dede on Unsplash

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  17. Photo by Brusk Dede on Unsplash
    “Transition failures happen because new
    leaders either misunderstand the essential
    demands of the situation or lack the skill
    and flexibility to adapt to them."
    (The First 90 Days)

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  18. @wahibhaq
    #DevFestMunich
    Some Survival Tenets
    Character
    Be consistently
    reliable
    Mindset
    Growth Mindset
    Upskilling
    Identify gaps, Learn,
    Use
    Relationships
    Connect, build good
    rapport, seek/offer help

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    Read Personalities. Act
    accordingly.
    Stakeholder Management. Fulfill
    Expectations. RACI matrix.
    Build your “braintrust”. Seek help.
    Build your Social Capital at
    workplace. Build your allies.
    Set boundaries early. Protect your
    mental well-being.
    Juggle time effectively with
    diverse nature of topics. Focus on
    Impact. Eisenhower Matrix.
    Transform Complex details to
    Simpler Messaging. Actionable.
    Presentations. Appealing.
    O Audience-driven. One-Pagers.
    Business Communication.
    Clear. Nonviolent Communication.
    Business Case Proposals. To get
    buy-ins. 4W1H Framework.
    Shift. Think like a leader. Success
    Metrics/Expectations are diff now.
    Don’t expect laid out plans. Be
    Patient. Expect uncertainty. Adapt.
    Keep Adding Value, Proactively.
    Make it visible.
    Pragmatic > Perfectionist. Figure
    out fast. Don’t become a blocker.
    Title shouldn’t limit you. Big picture.
    Stop underselling yourself. But it
    also not a popularity contest.
    Mindset Upskilling Relationships

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  20. @wahibhaq
    #DevFestMunich

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