Confirmed line-up and activities

08:00 1h 45min

WELCOME

Registration and refreshments

Welcome to LeadDev London 2024

09:15 10 mins

Welcome to LeadDev London 2024

A welcome to LeadDev London 2023 from the host Meri Williams.

Featuring:

Meri Williams
Meri Williams
CTO and Advisor Pleo
9:25

Renee Hunt (Keynote)

Talk details coming soon

Featuring:

Renee Hunt
Renee Hunt
CTO Compare the Market
09:55

How do you deliver a feature on the biggest stage in the world?

In this talk, media server engineer Josh McNamee discusses the challenges in shipping Disguise’s 'Single Large Canvas', the software feature that lets U2 put images on the inside of the Las Vegas Sphere.

Featuring:

Josh McNamee
Josh McNamee
Lead Software Engineer Disguise Ltd
10:10

“We’re so glad we hired you!” Incorporate microinclusions into developer onboarding to increase developer thriving

In this talk, Kristen Foster-Marks will offer a simple, evidence-based way to increase new teammates’ sense of belonging: microinclusions. She’ll share both “sad” and “happy” onboarding stories, demonstrating how both the presence and absence of microinclusions can impact not only a new engineer’s first impressions of a job, but their long-term happiness, success, and tenure.

Featuring:

Kristen Foster-Marks
Kristen Foster-Marks
Principal Developer Experience Engineer @ Developer Success Lab Pluralsight
10:20

Presenting: The LeadDev Engineering Management Report 2024

A sneak peek into the 2024 LeadDev Engineering Management report: how the role is changing and what these changes mean for the industry at large.

Featuring:

Lena Reinhard
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Scott Carey
Scott Carey
Editor in Chief LeadDev
10:50

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Renee Hunt
CTO
Josh McNamee
Lead Software Engineer
Kristen Foster-Marks
Principal Developer Experience Engineer @ Developer Success Lab
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Scott Carey
Editor in Chief

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Coaches:

Mathias Meyer
Founding Partner

Complete your "Voltron Quest"

Inspired by Lara Hogan’s Manager Voltron, build your personal network at LeadDev London. 

Solution swap

Work together to find ways of solving a common problem posed by our moderator.

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on running effective code reviews.

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Tech Leads
11:35

Tech debt as innovation, reframing this forever problem as an opportunity

In this talk, Bruce will discuss how they're reframing technical debt at Netflix and what they're investing in to help manage it better.

Featuring:

Bruce Wang
Bruce Wang
Engineering Director, Product Platform Systems Netflix
12:05

From overload to oasis: Creating more time for the cool stuff

If you’re ready to shift your team dynamics then join Dominika for this talk. You’ll leave with actionable strategies on how to lighten your workload whilst genuinely empowering your team members and helping them grow. Instil confidence, create a safe environment and elevate your leadership. Less burnout, more contentment and way more time for the cool stuff! From overload to oasis, in under 10 minutes. It’s a win-win 🚀

Featuring:

Dominika Pietrzak
Dominika Pietrzak
Software Engineer Gymshark
12:15

Managing across timezones; A retrospective

Over the past two years Matt has experimented (and continues to experiment) with various processes and ways of working to maximise his team's ability to work collaboratively, deliver incrementally and build team rapport; even when they can't be in the same room. This talk will be a retrospective of that journey.

Featuring:

Matt Boyle
Matt Boyle
Engineering Manager Cloudflare
12:30

Building for the new developer

In this talk, Cat wants to share the research story of their large-scale study into the social science of genAI adoption as they fought to bring a human-centered approach to pressing questions that engineering organizations are facing about the rapidly-changing possibilities of AI-assisted coding.

Featuring:

Cat Hicks
Cat Hicks
VP of Research Insights & Founder of Developer Success Lab Pluralsight
13:00

Lunch

Network, learn and explore during every break

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Bruce Wang
Engineering Director, Product Platform Systems
Dominika Pietrzak
Software Engineer
Matt Boyle
Engineering Manager
Cat Hicks
VP of Research Insights & Founder of Developer Success Lab

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Coaches:

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Mathias Meyer
Founding Partner

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on tackling difficult conversations.

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Engineering Managers
14:25

Demystifying neurodiversity in tech with nostalgic video games

In this talk, you'll learn about a DEI topic in a way that you've never seen before. Parul will be taking you on a trip down memory lane to learn about Neurodiversity in technical leadership through concepts from nostalgic video games such as Mario, Pacman and Tetris.

Featuring:

Parul  Singh
Parul Singh
Neurodiversity Consultant
14:55

How to use technology radars to make transparent tech decisions

Due to Medic’s commitment to open-source, all the content of the Technology Radars is public on GitHub and open to the community to provide comments and suggestions. The talk centers around the benefits of building such a tool, such as transparency, alignment and faster onboarding.

Featuring:

Andra Blaj
Andra Blaj
Engineering Manager Medic
15:05

Delivery metrics - the good, the bad and the utterly ridiculous

During this talk, we’ll examine how an over-reliance on metrics can be exploited by both developers and managers for status, power and $$$$. And for the less cynical, how a sensible approach to measuring things can actually make a team work better.

Featuring:

Jennifer Mackown
Jennifer Mackown
Staff Engineer Plandek
15:50

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Parul Singh
Neurodiversity Consultant
Andra Blaj
Engineering Manager
Jennifer Mackown
Staff Engineer

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Coaches

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Mathias Meyer
Founding Partner

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Staff Engineers

Become a LeadDev Contributor AMA

Hear from the LeadDev content team on the secrets of crafting winning speaker submissions and effective article proposals.

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on innovating with fewer resources.

16:35

Leading engineering teams in the era of AI: Lessons learned for engineering managers & tech leads

This talk's objective is to provide engineering managers with the tools necessary to encourage innovation, manage new situations, and ensure the success of AI initiatives within their teams.

Featuring:

Chris Class
Chris Class
Engineering Manager incident.io
17:05

Designing APIs when things keep changing

In this talk, Jeff will talk about his experiences at Stripe and OpenAI, sharing stories and lessons on creating APIs that are easy to use, yet powerful and adaptable for the future. He'll discuss strategies for making decisions in API design, even when the path ahead isn't clear.

Featuring:

Jeff Chan
Jeff Chan
Member of the Technical Staff OpenAI
17:55 10 min

CLOSE

LeadDev London 2024 wrap-up

Closing session

Featuring:

Meri Williams
Meri Williams
CTO and Advisor Pleo
18:00

Networking mixer

Spend some time with other attendees after Day 1 of the conference.

Chat to every speaker

Office hours is your opportunity to connect face-to-face, ask questions and find out more.

Featuring:

Chris Class
Engineering Manager
Jeff Chan
Member of the Technical Staff

Workshop: Be a Brilliant People Developer - tickets available from £799 +VAT

Add to your conference experience with a workshop pass and receive an additional full day of tutoring and group roundtable discussion led by host, Meri Williams.

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