You've trained as an engineer but now you're a manager of engineers or a manager of managers. This new role requires a completely different skill set with a focus on "soft skills" to be a successful leader.
LeadDev is an international conference for engineering managers, tech leads and CTOs, taking place in London, Berlin, San Francisco and New York. The annual conferences are full of practical takeaways to help you lead your team, build psychological safety, and support your team members to level up to leadership roles themselves.
Our Edinburgh meetup is an extension of the conference and an opportunity for the community to get together, network and learn to better develop yourself and your team. Featuring short talks and refreshments, it's the perfect opportunity for some mid-week inspiration.
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Stop Recruiting for Rockstars: The Skills You Really Want to Hire For, and Why
In the race for talent and growth, it can feel urgent to find “rockstar” employees that will 10x your business. But are we all falling prey to 100-year old assumptions when we set out to recruit? Some of the most essential skills needed in modern companies are overlooked, undervalued, and not listed on the job ads we all see. This talk will explain how you can change your hiring approach to target those overlooked skills, gaining a competitive edge in the hiring market that will help you hire faster, retain more team members and get stuff done.
Real teams are rare
What's more important to people in your team, succeeding in their own tasks or achieving the team goal? Do you go into handover hell whenever someone leaves? Is being asked for help by a team member seen as a distraction? Real teams are rare but in many organisation they do exist. This talk aims to shed some light on the environment you need to create for your team to thrive.
If you thought software engineers get excited about writing documentation, wait till you see how enthusiastic they can be about change management! But for an industry that has more words for change than the Scots do for precipitation, why don't we take it more seriously? Let me walk you through an easy 10-step template and some examples of where I've used it in Skyscanner to manage change across an organisation.