What is Code Leaders?
As the things we build and the teams and organisations that build them become ever more complex, technical knowledge and capabilities simply aren't enough. Code Leaders is designed for engineering and development leaders, senior developers, lead engineers, engineering managers, CTOs. It doesn't matter so much what your role is called, if you're responsible for building and leading teams, and making strategic decisions about the technologies your company or organisations uses, Code Leaders is designed for you.
Code Leaders takes place over a single, intensive day, and features real world experts addressing key challenges of technology, leadership and developing, maintaining and growing great engineering teams.
Applicable real world knowledge
Who's it for?
Code Leaders is exclusively for engineering leaders, and those aspiring to step up to leadership roles within technology teams. It all takes place in an intimate environment of like-minded professionals with similar challenges and goals and designed for:
- VPs of Engineering
- Engineering managers
- Lead engineers
- Senior developers
We've assembled a worlds class lineup of engineering leaders and managers, including:
Laurie Voss CDO npm Inc.
The Myth of the Senior Engineer
Cath Jones People Operations BuildKite
It's not uncommon for teams to need to bring on additional talent to achieve tight deadlines and drive growth. Often these roles are advertised as "Senior Engineers", and the skills list the ability to "hit the ground running", "get in and get stuff done" or "start shipping features from day one." However is this a realistic expectation or, are we setting our new employees up for failure?
In this presentation, Cath Jones will discuss the expectations placed on new technical hires with a focus on senior roles. She will guide you in examining the complexities of information that needs to be provided to an employee before they can contribute meaningfully to your organisation, and demonstrate how scalable on-boarding practices will allow your organisation to achieve greater productivity and engagement from new hires.
How to communicate with Product Managers
Virginia Murdoch Director of Product, Data & Insights Culture Amp
At the centre of most successful tech startups is a highly productive and trusting relationship between co-founders. Even if they don't start out with distinct 'product' and 'tech' roles, it's not uncommon for founders to end up in tech and product leadership positions as the company grows, and in these cases, product culture really forms around them – but replicating the attributes of the relationship itself does not happen automatically.
What can we do to build strong bonds between tech leads and product managers in cross-functional product teams as a company scales? I will share the things we're trying at Culture Amp, and some of the things we've learned along the way.
From Tech Lead to Motherhood: one woman's journey from changing systems to changing nappies, and back again
Sarah Taraporewalla Principal Consultant ThoughtWorks
Our industry undeniably suffers from a lack of gender balance amongst hands-on technologists. Even fewer of those technologists are mothers. Sadly, many women believe that you can’t remain technical once you become a mother. But there are small changes that we as leaders can make to support our team members as they transition back into the workforce.
In this talk, Sarah will share with you her experience, including the challenges she faced, of returning to a senior technical role after starting a family. You will hear the changes she made within her company to make it easier for others to see how to return and stay technical, and the benefits to her company of having her and others like her able to return to work.
Sarah hopes her experience will provide some inspiration and practical advice to share with your software engineers and tech leads who are contemplating motherhood, and for leaders who are committed to supporting diversity in their workplace.
Managing change in development practices over time
Damian Keeghan National Front-End Development Lead Deloitte Digital
As developers we want to always be using the latest and greatest techniques and frameworks and try new things, but at leaders we need to weigh this up against training time, consistency between projects and the longevity and support of the framework.
As a lead for over 30 Front-End Developers across Australia, working on 10+ projects at any one time, keeping devs happy and keeping up with technology is a delicate balance. By introducing a few simple rules that govern when and how we include new technologies into projects we've found a happy medium between using new tech and having the wide support and stability of a reusable/common set of frameworks & tools between projects.
Being the nice guy with the bad news
David Lewis Delivery Manager Deputy
As a manager, giving direct and sometimes negative or difficult feedback to people can be hard. If you’re someone with a lot of empathy this can make it even harder, but with empathy can come trust. This is key as trust can foster an environment where direct feedback and even respectful disagreement adds value to your team.
Building up your juniors
Inga Pflaumer System Analyst SMG
Looking to grow your team? Considering hiring more juniors? Amazing idea, but how to grow them, set them up for success and what are the potential mistakes on your and their part that you need to watch out for?
In this talk Inga Pflaumer will share her experience working with junior team on building a product using Node.js and React, talk about some of their triumphs and failures.
README. An Owner's Manual for your Manager.
Colin Chauvet Development Manager Atlassian
README files are the first thing we all look at when working with a new code base. A good README helps you hit the ground running, and often help you understand the principles behind the code base so you know how to best work with it.
The idea behind a Manager’s README is the same. Like an owner’s manual for a manager, it gives the reader a recipe for how to best work with you.
Manager READMEs have gained a bit of traction recently with managers from Netflix, Slack, Etsy and Shopify using them. Like all popular things, they have also attracted their fair share of controversy.
In this talk Colin Chauvet share how he introduced Manager READMEs at Atlassian. What worked, what didn’t, how to get started and how to avoid coming across as a self-serving jerk!
Build empathy through peer feedback
Geoff Crain and Aman King Team Lead, Development Manager Atlassian
In this talk Geoff Crain and Aman King will show you what value peer feedback has brought to Atlassian teams, and how to introduce and nurture it within your team.
Devs talk to each other through pull requests and building technical solutions. They have 1-1s with their managers about personal growth. It can be way better than this: enable and encourage your devs to ask for, and structure actionable feedback to each other to foster individual growth, and build empathy and team work.
Saving the World, one line at a time
Asim Hussain Regional Lead, Dev Rel Microsoft
The world is dying; you can help save it. Data Centres consume 2% of all the power in the world and produce about 3% of the greenhouse gases. This is set to treble in the next 10 years.
When building apps, we focus on minimising costs, time to market, bugs, bundle size, application speed, SEO, but we spend almost no effort trying to minimise the damage our applications are making to the environment. In this talk we'll discuss how to write, deploy and run a green sustainable application.
Code Leaders 2018 will be held in the Pavilion at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, right on the Yarra in Southbank.
Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
With excellent public transport connections right outside, and Flinders Street Station right across the bridge, it's our best connected location yet.
If you're coming from out of town, there are many hotel and serviced apartments style accomodation options in Southbank, and otherwise close by. We have for some time put our speakers up at the Quest Southbank Apartments, and stay there ourselves.
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Praise for past Web Directions events
Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.
Innovation Lead DigitasLBi
I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!
inventor "responsive Web design"
Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite
founder Campaign Monitor
Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, product managers indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.
We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.
We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're switching things up a bit for 2020. We'll be organising Product, Design, and Code as online conferences, and our annual extravaganza, Web Directions Summit will take place in Sydney as soon as it is practicable in late 2020 or early 2021.
John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.
His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.
His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".
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