26–28 October 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A crash course in tech management

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks)
11:00–11:40 Tuesday, 27/10/2015
Collaboration and Craft
Location: G 104/105
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)

“Wow, are you ever a great programmer! You’re such a great programmer that we’re going to make you a manager!”

A promotion! Calloo! Callay! Except…

The truth of the matter is that being a good programmer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a good manager. You’re about to have a lot of new responsibilities thrown at you. Are you ready?

Thankfully for you, managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Staff: hiring, firing and development
  • Meetings: love ’em (or leave ’em…which is a valid option)
  • Company politics: are you backing the right horse? Are you even in the race?
  • GSD: how to Get Sh*t Done
  • Communication: the most important part of the job
  • The fun stuff: “So, will I still be able to program?”
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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM (Vicky) Brasseur is the director of open source strategy at Juniper, where she leverages her nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and strong business background to help Juniper be successful through free and open source software. She spent most of her 20-plus years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses, and helping companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in a way that’s good for both their bottom line and for the community. She’s the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first and only book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects (published by the Pragmatic Programmers). Vicky’s a moderator and author for Opensource.com, an author for Linux Journal, the former vice president of the Open Source Initiative, and a frequent and popular speaker at free and open source conferences and events. She’s the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016). She blogs about free and open source, business, and technical management.