LeadDev Together is a seven-part event series hosted by Anjuan Simmons. Each session will focus on a different core aspect of engineering leadership, with an agenda crafted in collaboration with our subject specialist co-hosts.
Registering for LeadDev Together gives you access to the full event series. All content and materials will be available for participants after the event. The session summaries below include a first speaker for each session, with more names to be confirmed over the coming weeks. Watch this space to see the talks, panel contributors and newly announced speakers.
September 1, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT
Coaching, sponsoring and providing actionable feedback
If you look for resources on how to develop your engineers, the skill that’s most often talked about is probably mentoring; but studies have shown that often, mentoring doesn’t help to progress people in the way that we hope.
But there are ways that you can move beyond mentoring to effectively help people grow: use coaching to help them consider their own experiences and analyse their challenges, provide growth opportunities through sponsorship, and provide feedback that works effectively for your team.
Co-hosted by Lara Hogan (Founder, Wherewithall)
September 15, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT
Creating happy, engaged teams
For people to feel content in a role, they need to feel that they are progressing. But building that sense of progression isn’t easy, and you can often fall into the trap of providing rewards and benefits that don’t lead to satisfaction.
So how can you engender self-motivation? In this session, we’ll take a look at enabling autonomy, problem-solving mindsets, and how collaboration can contribute to team motivation.
Co-hosted by Jason Wong (Leadership Coach, Fractional VP of Engineering)
September 29, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT
Building processes and evaluating success
Processes have the power to unlock your team; providing needed clarity and structure, and ensuring everyone is quickly synced. But when is the time to switch from an informal workflow to a process, and how do you ensure that you capture the opinions of everyone involved?
And creating a process isn’t even half the battle; how do you judge if a process is working successfully, how do you refine and alter it, and how do you make sure that everyone who uses it understands it.
Co-hosted by Pat Kua (Seasoned Tech Leader)
October 13, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT
Navigating difficult situations with confidence and empathy
Alongside all of the positive experiences of being a manager, there will also be times when you have to navigate difficult situations. Managing underperformance, addressing bad behaviour, and even letting people go are possible, and likely inevitable parts of your job.
They can be uncomfortable to tackle, but as a good manager it’s your job to develop these skills so that if the time comes you can do right by your employees. These conversations will also be the ones that shape and define who you are as a leader.
Co-hosted by Sarah Milstein (Senior Director of Engineering, Mailchimp) and Frantz Joseph (Director of Engineering, Mailchimp)
October 27, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT
Managing expansive technical projects
Big technical projects bring big technical challenges, but they’re also hard to grapple with as a leader. Planning projects, making sure they stay on track, and being quickly able to reassess and reorient are all key factors in making a project a success.
Co-hosted by Tanya Reilly (Principal Software Engineer, Squarespace)
November 10, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EST
Making inclusion an integral part of your organisation
Managing people is hard, and managing people who have different experiences to you is even harder - but that’s also why it’s necessary that you put in the work to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to succeed.
A willingness to change our own behaviours is only the start, but how can you take individual actions and turn them into change at an organisational level? How do you build sustainable and systemic change?
Co-hosted by Danielle Leong (Engineering Manager, GitHub)
November 17, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EST
On growth as engineering leaders
Over the past six sessions, we’ve covered the core tenets of being an engineering leader - but you can’t grow and nurture your teams without also growing yourself.
Finding time to devote to self-improvement can be a challenge, and it always seems like the easiest thing to move down your priority list. It’s also harder for senior leaders to receive actionable feedback on their own work.
Co-hosted by Meri Williams (CTO, Healx)
Anjuan Simmons will be joining us for each of the seven sessions of LeadDev Together. He’ll be steering the conversation alongside one of our expert subject co-hosts.