The presentation "Becoming a tech lead - Lessons learned" will talk about my journey as I went from being an individual contributor to a tech lead position. This talk will cover various aspects of being a technical leader such as challenges of working on multiple fronts, acting as a requirement translator between product managers and developers, shifting a mindset, and providing learning opportunity while balancing pace and progress.
As a technical platform, Dutch PHP conference will be welcoming both individual contributors and team leads and I would like to present this talk to people from both the categories. Since tech leads and sprints are part of most of the engineering teams, my talk will benefit majority of the audience.
There were few things I missed during early stage of my transition, but experience and time spent with senior team members helped me to become better tech lead. Nowadays, a technology moves fast and so do people's roles. Hopefully the lessons I learned will act as a guide for attendees if they are planning to follow along the same path.
Often tech leads focus on productivity in terms of tickets completed. But it's often forgotten the human element attached to it as well. How do we make sure people are learning? Are they motivated enough to do the job? How do we balance priorities in a big flurry of incoming ticket? How can a tech leader be a bridge between technical and non-technical sides? This talk will try to present answers to these questions along with real-world scenarios that our team went through.