Speakers & talks

Double the content • Double the speakers

We are thrilled to be putting together a programme with twice as many amazing speakers with inspirational insights and practical lessons! That’s two days packed full of the best technical leadership content you’ll get your hands on this year.

You have a chance to join our invited speakers by submitting your talk proposal to our CFP - it's open until October 28. Read more and submit your talk.

A-Z speakers

Myths engineers believe about being successful

Ronnie Chen

Engineering Manager

Twitter

Ronnie Chen

Many ambitious and well meaning engineers hold ideas on how to be successful that are actually impediments to their career. This talk breaks down some of the core myths like "ideas are currency" and "my manager should be in charge of my career".

Many ambitious and well meaning engineers hold ideas on how to be successful that are actually impediments to their career. This talk breaks down some of the core myths like "ideas are currency" and "my manager should be in charge of my career".

If you haven't had explicit conversations with your ICs about their role in owning their careers and driving impactful projects on the team, they are probably not aware of the extent of their own agency and are relying on you to fill in the gap.

By correcting these myths, you not only allow your engineers to maximize their own potential, but you also remove yourself as a single point of failure in their careers, allowing you both to be happier and more productive.

About Ronnie Chen

Ronnie Chen is an engineering manager at Twitter working to increase the health of public conversation. Previously, she was a data engineer at Slack and Braintree, and a backend engineer at PayPal. She is a deep sea technical diver and was the sous chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a previous life.

Tech Leads as gardeners: A practical approach for being a lead

Bryan Liles

Senior Staff Engineer

VMWare

Bryan Liles

Conventional logic says we should lead like a chess match: study the board, and make strategic moves. In reality, being the lead is more like gardening. You can’t force a plant to grow in the same way as you can’t force your teams to produce. What can we take from gardening to make us and those we influence better contributors to our organization’s goals?

Conventional logic says we should lead like a chess match: study the board, and make strategic moves. In reality, being the lead is more like gardening. You can’t force a plant to grow in the same way as you can’t force your teams to produce. What can we take from gardening to make us and those we influence better contributors to our organization’s goals?

About Bryan Liles

Bryan Liles is a Senior Staff Engineer at VMware. He leads the Developer Experience group, which creates solutions to help developers be more productive in Kubernetes. When not working, Bryan builds and races cars and drones.

On remaining an Individual Contributor

Suz Hinton

Senior Software Engineer

Stripe

Suz Hinton

At a certain point in a lot of coder's careers, the inevitable "have you considered becoming a manager?" rears its head. Perhaps your people skills are being confused with a desire to switch careers. Maybe the company you work at doesn't have a career ladder beyond "senior" unless you start taking on direct reports. What does this all mean for your growth and longevity at this point in your career?

At a certain point in a lot of coder's careers, the inevitable "have you considered becoming a manager?" rears its head. Perhaps your people skills are being confused with a desire to switch careers. Maybe the company you work at doesn't have a career ladder beyond "senior" unless you start taking on direct reports. What does this all mean for your growth and longevity at this point in your career?

How do you keep doing what you love while having more influence on important decisions made by leadership? Having been in this situation personally many times, I've tried a number of tactics to navigate the desire to stay an individual contributor. This talk proposes strategies and new attitudes to help ensure enrichment for individual contributors in their daily work lives, including how people managers can support them best.

About Suz Hinton

Suz Hinton is a programmer at Stripe working on making Terminal easier to use. She is experienced in many layers of the stack from embedded development and security all the way up to frontend development, accessibility, and cloud computing. Previous to Stripe, Suz has worked as a programmer at companies including Microsoft, Kickstarter, Zappos, and The National Gallery of Victoria. In her spare time, she likes to stay ahead of new technologies by maintaining open source libraries and streaming herself doing so live for viewers around the world to watch online.

Sponsors

Thank you to all our fantastic partners who help make our event happen.

Would you like to join the community and align your brand with The Lead Developer? Contact us for our 2020 sponsorship prospectus.

Premier Sponsor

Twitter

Platinum Sponsor

LaunchDarkly

Platinum Sponsor

Big Nerd Ranch

Talent Partner

Hired

Never miss another update

Want to be the first to hear about the ticket launch or CFP? Sign up to our newsletter so you never miss an important update! To find out more about our newsletter content and how the data is handled check out our Data Promise.