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Patterns and Anti-Patterns of Tech Leadership

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Laura Paterson and I explore what the common traps first-time or inexperienced Tech Leads fall for and what strategies more successful Tech Leads draw from as we explore the patterns and anti-patterns of Technical Leadership.

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Patterns and Anti-Patterns of Tech Leadership

  1. PATTERNS  AND  ANTI-­‐PATTERNS  OF   TECH  LEADERSHIP   @laurapatersonuk & @patkua
  2. ABOUT US
  3. ABOUT US @laurapatersonuk Laura Paterson Architect Tech Lead Coach Project Manager
  4. ABOUT US @patkua Patrick Kua Architect Tech Lead Author Coach
  5. Interviews from over 35 Tech Leads from various companies and industries
  6. JOURNEY OF A TECH LEAD
  7. OUR FIRST-TIME TECH LEAD Hayden
  8. Public Website Content API
  9. “Wow. I’ve just been made a Tech Lead” Hayden
  10. Content API Team QA Dev Dev Grad BA Dev
  11. “What does a Tech Lead do exactly?” Hayden
  12. JOURNEY OF A TECH LEAD PART 1
  13. “Something I can really get my teeth into!”
  14. “This is going to be great, I’ve been looking for a chance to try a new RESTful API design.”
  15. “Wow, we really don’t have much time I better get my head down and start coding...”
  16. “I need to do this myself to make sure it’s right...”
  17. IT ORGANISATION MAP
  18. A LONG-TIME TECH LEAD Bobbie
  19. “Hayden, can we chat?”
  20. “I’ve noticed a few things I’d like to share with you.”
  21. “Errr… sure.”
  22. “Great!”
  23. “What are your developers thinking and feeling?”
  24. “Hmmm...”
  25. Content API Team Dev Dev Grad BA Dev QA
  26. ANTI-PATTERNS
  27. MOLE
  28. DICTATOR
  29. HERO
  30. ANTI-PATTERNS
  31. “I need to do things differently...”
  32. “I need to look up from the code, and see the bigger picture”
  33. “I need to leave the team make their own decisions”
  34. “I need to give everyone a chance to work on the interesting bits”
  35. JOURNEY OF A TECH LEAD PART 2
  36. “I’m going to let the team find the solution.”
  37. “Instead of TDD, we are going to do Performance-Testing Driven Development”
  38. “Hayden, can we chat?”
  39. “Oh...”
  40. Content API Team QA Dev Dev Grad BADev ?? ??
  41. ANTI-PATTERNS
  42. IVORY TOWER
  43. OUTSIDER
  44. ANTI-PATTERNS
  45. “I need to do things differently...”
  46. “I need to really get to know the team.”
  47. “Encouraging debate will engage the team, and result in better solutions.”
  48. “If I teach what I know, instead of doing it myself, we’ll be a better team”
  49. JOURNEY OF A TECH LEAD PART 3
  50. LEARNINGS
  51. ANTI-PATTERNS RECAP MOLE DICTATOR HERO OUTSIDER IVORY TOWER
  52. PATTERNS
  53. TEACHER
  54. COACH
  55. BRIDGE
  56. CHAMPION
  57. TEAM MEMBER
  58. MENTOR
  59. CONCLUSION
  60. CONCLUSION ● Many more... ● Context is king ● Feedback is essential ● Stay in balance
  61. JOURNEY OF A TECH LEAD THE EPILOGUE
  62. Bobbie JessieHayden
  63. THANK YOU For questions: @laurapatersonuk @patkua

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