As an attendee of Lead Developer Austin 2018, you are invited to a series of talks on leadership and management hosted by Indeed Engineering. This event will be the evening before The Lead Developer and will complement the topics covered there. The Lead Developer conference provides practical advice from experts on leading, motivating, and developing your team. On the same theme, Indeed’s March 1 talks will focus on leadership and management within the engineering organization of the world’s #1 job site. We hope to see you there!
Date and Time: March 1, 2018 at 6pm (the evening before The Lead Developer)
Location: Indeed, 201 West 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701 — close to the Hyatt Regency (where The Lead Developer will be held) and in the heart of downtown Austin!
Drinks and food provided
Read more below about our topics and featured speakers.
Quantum Leap: From Managing a Team to Leading an Org
Speaker: Ketan Gangatirkar
The career path from engineer to manager is a big change. Many of the strategies you use as an engineer to lead projects and collaborate with teams become core skills that you continue to use as a manager. Becoming an organizational leader is where the continuous progression of your skill set breaks down — it’s a quantum leap. As an organizational leader, the rules, and often the logic of your world, become very different. To blindly apply the lessons of your previous management experiences to this new world can be harmful — you would be applying the right strategy to the wrong game.
In this talk, I’ll discuss my experiences leading an organization of 140 SWEs in 6 offices around the world. I’ll share what it means to embrace one’s ignorance in this brave new world. I’ll also provide strategies for acclimating to a role that asks you to forget what you know and embrace new and unfamiliar perspectives and tactics. Becoming an organizational leader isn’t a progression to a higher level of the same job, it’s a different job entirely.
This talk will help you understand this job, the skills you’ll need to prepare for it, and the strategies and tactics to apply to be effective once you get there. I’m far from knowing all of it, but what I have figured out will help you understand the job, whether you want it, and how to be better at it.
Fish a Manager to Teach
Speaker: Robyn Rap
Many of us become leaders because we like mentoring, whether that’s helping people code better or working through time management issues. But how many of us have taken the time to teach in a classroom setting? Whatever your feelings about school, teaching a workshop is a powerful leadership tool that you can — and should — use to enact organizational change at all levels of your company, from ICs to SVPs. In this talk, I encourage attendees to create a training of their own by sharing the benefits and common misgivings of teaching. Attendees will also leave with tips they can apply directly to their ideas for teaching.
New Engineering Manager at Indeed? First: Write Some Code
Speaker: Paresh Suthar
Indeed’s engineering culture focuses on ownership, real-world impact, and constant incremental delivery. To continue to support these values as our company grows, Indeed has invested heavily in the onboarding experience for engineering managers. I started at Indeed in March 2016 as an “industry hire” manager for software engineers. I was excited to learn, however, that my first task as a manager would be writing code. At Indeed, engineering managers onboard as individual contributors (ICs) before taking on managerial responsibilities. In this talk, I’ll discuss how working as an IC prepared me to be a more effective manager by familiarizing me with Indeed’s workflow and tools, as well as by helping me build trust with my team.
What Your Product Manager Wants from a Tech Lead
Speaker: Michael Magan
A Product Manager at Indeed works with development teams to drive innovation and ensure that products serve both job seekers and employers. The Product Manager advocates for the user, facilitates cross-team work, and provides insights for the product and the development team. But what does a Product Manager need from a team’s Tech Lead to be successful in these goals? In this talk, I’ll discuss five requests that Product Managers can make of their Tech Leads. These requests range from feature-focused to overall vision for the product, so both manager and lead are aligned and working together — at every level — to provide the best possible product for end users.