Part 5: Leading big projects

October 27, 2020 • 11am – 2pm EDT


Tanya Reilly

Principal Software Engineer


Tanya Reilly

Session summary

First announced speaker: Sarah Wells

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.

In this session, we’ll focus on the leadership aspect of running big projects, and you’ll leave with:

  • Principles for how to begin to plan and conceptualise big projects
  • An understanding of your role as a leader throughout the process
  • How to track a project against targets and deadlines
  • How to pivot strategy and quickly reorient your team

About Tanya Reilly

Tanya Reilly is a principal software engineer at Squarespace working on infrastructure and site reliability. Before Squarespace she spent 12 years in Site Reliability Engineering at Google. She is originally from Ireland, but is now an enthusiastic New Yorker.

Tanya likes raspberry pi, coding on trains and figuring out how systems will break. She blogs at

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