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Some of the most impactful technical work is about unwinding a humungous mess.

LeadDev Berlin 2023 Events
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Join us in Berlin on December 4 - 6, 2023

Hear from inspirational engineering leaders, exchange ideas with your peers, and break down a new set of leadership challenges faced by an industry in flux.

Some projects are paint-by-number endeavors with solid management support. Other times, what’s needed are radical transformations, a different architecture, or decommissioning a legacy system. Riddled with risk, communication challenges, and cross-team dependencies, these messy Staff+ projects are all around us.

This talk is about lessons learned over my career about executing challenging projects. The types of projects with politics, drama, tech debt, or past failed attempts. How do we know if the project is worth doing? Why has it failed before? Who’s blocking it? How do we know when to cut our losses and pause or cancel the project?

Staff+ engineers are often the only hope for an organization to overcome and deliver on these types of projects. Don't panic. I believe progress is possible and I'm here with tips.

Say no to burnout and stand up for yourself
Say no to burnout and stand up for yourself
Engineering without borders
Engineering without borders