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CodeCraftConf : technical leadership

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I have asked to be a guide for the CodeCraft conference. The tickets for CodeCraftConf are now on sale.

One topic I would like to discuss is technical leadership. The format of the conference states that I will have 12 prompt cards to help guide the discussion. My suggestions for these are shown below, and also available on my github repo. Any comments and suggestions welcome.

Technical Leadership

  1. What is a technical lead?
  2. What most inspired you about your previous technical leads?
  3. What behaviours would you change in technical leads you have worked for?
  4. Why do you want to be a technical lead?
  5. What scares you most about being a technical lead?
  6. How do you measure success as a technical lead?
  7. What one thing would make your life as a technical lead easier?
  8. What responsibilities are you happy to delegate, and what do you want to control?
  9. How do you plan for your own absence, so you can rest on holiday?
  10. What qualities do you want your team to have, and how to you help them get that?
  11. How do you deal with conflicts in the team?
  12. How do you deal with external pressures on the team?

3 replies on “CodeCraftConf : technical leadership”

Q3 maybe sounds a little negative? What about an alternative like “what are the most important capabilities of a tech lead?”, which should still lead the discussion in a similar direction? And it might even be worth promoting to Q2. Perhaps you’re thinking this is covered by Q1, but I think it builds outwards from that.

Also, almost all discussions I’ve had on this theme touch in some way on the question “how close should my contact be with the codebase?”, so it might be worth calling that out explicitly?


Thanks Gerry, I’ve updated the questions on the git copy, and I’m now wondering what I can leave out.


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