In addition to managing backlogs and burndown charts, technology leaders have to follow an ever-changing software landscape, manage team dynamics, and navigate office politics. It’s no surprise that this leads to burnout. This talk will provide tools to help get stress into a managed state.

Engineering managers are, almost by definition, highly capable and strongly driven individuals. These traits are indispensable to success in leading software engineering teams, but they are also the very traits that make engineering managers susceptible to burn out. People who can get things done often find themselves overwhelmed by their to-do lists.

This talk will combine the understanding from the trenches of Anjuan Simmons (who has been an engineering manager for more than 20 years) with the academic understanding of his wife, Dr. Aneika Simmons. Together, they will provide a framework for reducing burnout and consistently keeping stress levels in a managed state.


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Alyssa Pacione at 09:19 on 2 Aug 2019

Really liked the topic and found it very relate able. Liked the mixed of research/statistics and personal experiences/stories. I took 3 pages of notes during this talk. Lots of great take-aways! Good advice for combating burnout.

Ryan Consylman at 06:36 on 6 Aug 2019

Great and relevant talk. Speakers conveyed their points very well!