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Making the Leap to Tech Lead

Making the Leap to Tech Lead

You’re a solid developer. You’ve built software people use, and it works well for them. Now, you want that next step—to lead a team that builds software.

Over nearly 20 years in this industry, I’ve acted as a Tech Lead many times, mentored dozens of developers towards technical leadership roles, and regularly worked with companies to hire and develop technical leaders.

In this talk, I’ll share the traits, skills, and experiences that shape a successful Tech Lead. We’ll talk about how a Tech Lead empowers and unlocks a team through communication, leadership, technical skill, and impact. We’ll look at what it means to manage yourself and the vital role a Tech Lead plays in building the right thing. We’ll also look at opportunities to grow your Tech Lead skills before you make the jump and how to show your boss that you’re ready.

Ryan Cromwell

October 01, 2019

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  1. A tech lead is measured by the success of the

    team. https://randsinrepose.com/archives/the-new-manager-death-spiral
  2. A tech lead is a model of "how we work

    together". https://seesparkbox.com/foundry/successful_tech_teams_and_projects
  3. A tech lead empowers and unlocks the team through communication,

    leadership, technical skill, and impact.
  4. Finding and building seams in your architecture to enable the

    team to be productive and collaborate effectively. Technical Skill
  5. Advocating for and building a robust build and delivery pipeline

    using the tools at your disposal to create feedback loops. Technical Skill
  6. With budgets and reasonably achievable iterations in mind, you'll be

    expected to provide forecasts. Managing Projects
  7. • Have a plan • Talk to your manager •

    Brag sheet (aka resume) • Partner Growing