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  • Highlights from The Lead Developer 2015

    Last Friday we held the inaugural The Lead Developer – a new conference for technical leads. Sessions were curated to be a mix of practical advice on leading and motivating a team, and high-level sessions on new and disruptive technologies. We launched this conference in response to the paradox facing technical managers: when you’re busy leading a team, coding and maintaining standards, how do you stay ahead of new technologies and develop yourself as a technical lead? Here’s a look at how it went.

  • Interview with Meri Williams, Chair of The Lead Developer

    The Lead Developer conference chair, Meri Williams, is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s a CTO and consults through ChromeRose, helping digital and technical teams be brilliant. Meri has led global teams ranging in size from 30 to 300. She’s also an experienced speaker, and we’re thrilled to welcome her as chair of The Lead Developer. Read on to find out why Meri was keen to get involved in The Lead Developer and what she hopes it will help technical leads to achieve.

  • How to write a 5 year plan (and why it doesn’t matter if no one follows it)

    Businesses have long-term goals. Software products can live for decades. It’s hard to think on these timescales, much less plan for them. In this guest post, Technical Lead Chris Henry outlines the process he went through to come up with a five year plan for technical transformation.

  • Lessons from inexperience: learning from idealism and your previous managers

    Guest blogger and brand new technical lead, Sam Partington, shares his vision for the perfect Lead Dev that he would like to become, and explains why it’s OK to be idealistic from time to time.

  • Developing yourself as a technical lead

    Sometimes you need to step away from what you’re doing in order to see if it could be done more effectively. The Lead Developer conference has been programmed taking into account the unique challenges faced by technical leads, and sessions are designed to equip you with tools and strategies to make you 10X more efficient at your job.

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