26–28 October 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A crash course in tech management

VM Brasseur (@vmbrasseur)
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 (aka Vicky) is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products, and businesses. In her nearly 20 years in the tech industry, Vicky has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, technical and C-level business consultant, and director of software engineering. She is a winner of the 2014 Perl White Camel Award and a winner of the 2016 O’Reilly Open Source Award. Vicky occasionally blogs, often writes, and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur. She is also a community moderator for Opensource.com