IndeedEng Talks: Tech Leadership and Management (Lead Developer Event)

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!

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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

Ketan Gangatirkar leads Engineering at Indeed for Job Seeker products. He helps people get jobs. Over the last 9 years, he’s made a series of leaps from individual contributor to tech lead to team manager to leading a large, global organization. Ketan made a ton of mistakes along the way but was able to learn from them because of the bracing candor of criticism. Now his passion is helping others get further than he has faster than he did, starting with Indeedians, but now also including you.

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

Robyn Rap, PhD. is a sociologist and Product Science Manager at Indeed. Using her social science and statistical training, she helps Indeed’s product teams make better, data-driven decisions. In addition to her work in data science, Robyn also enjoys running, visiting the local library, and baking. So, if you ask her nicely, she might bake you pie (while debating the effectiveness of pie charts).

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

Paresh Suthar is an engineering manager at Indeed and is part of the Money team. This team is responsible for capturing product service delivery (e.g. clicking on sponsored job links), using that information to generate and view customer invoices, and when possible performing automated payment operations (e.g. credit card processing). For the last 2 years, he has been helping to establish a new internal platform to enable new product teams to monetize their services.

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

Michael Magan is a Product Manager @Indeed. For the last six months, he has been working on identifying employer sign-ups that would benefit from sales intervention. The prior two years his team built Indeed Analytics, the platform for employers to see how job seekers are interacting with their jobs on Indeed and how their job advertising has helped them make millions of hires. Beyond helping employers hire great people on Indeed, he enjoys being an outdoorsman, listening to or reading books, and games of all kinds (video, board, outdoors).

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.

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