Fueling innovative software
July 15-18, 2019
Portland, OR

Empowering early-career developers

Mercedes Bernard (Tandem)
1:45pm2:25pm Thursday, July 18, 2019
Secondary topics:  Customer Centered
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Senior and lead developers




The first step in growing your less-experienced developers into team-leading senior devs is to empower them.

At Tandem, early-career developers learn client management and team leadership skills that they wouldn’t usually get to practice until they stepped into a senior role. Mercedes Bernard walks you through the process she and her team have created for each new team member to lead and own one of Tandem’s core features.

Mercedes details what she’s learned and provides a framework for you to create a process tailored to your team so you can provide your early-career developers the opportunities they need to become successful senior team members. Join in to gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of mentorship and discover how to provide opportunities for your team members.

What you'll learn

  • Gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of mentorship and providing opportunities for your team members to learn and grow from
  • Learn a concrete framework for creating a process tailored to your team's specific needs to facilitate growth and learning opportunities
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Mercedes Bernard


Mercedes Bernard is a senior software engineer at Tandem in Chicago, Illinois. She’s worked with clients in a wide range of industries including (but not limited to) healthcare, performing arts, beverage distribution, hospitality, luxury consumer goods, and government. In her projects, she values technical know-how, nontechnical language, and empathy so her clients and team members feel empowered, comfortable, and heard. Outside of work, she tries to unplug and enjoys fiber arts, particularly dyeing wool, spinning yarn, and crocheting. She’s also started Dev Together, a mentorship community in Chicago for those starting their dev careers.