Leadership Matters




Leadership Matters

15 January 2019


Added 01-Jan-1970

Leaders. Experts. Managers. Mentors. Analysts. Seniors, architects, product owners, tech leads, founders, executives... In the wonderful world of modern software development, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to job titles. And when seasoned professionals with decades of invaluable experience are proudly calling themselves ‘Software Developer’ whilst the kid across the street hands out business cards with ‘CTO and Digital Prophet’ printed on them, it’s no wonder we struggle to keep track of who’s supposed to do what.

But we humans are all different. The best teams are often groups of weird and wonderful people who transcend their job titles in all sorts of unexpected ways - and the difference between management, leadership and mentoring is all about how we embrace those differences. No matter what you’re working on, or what sort of team you’re working with, there’s three questions that underlie the decisions we have to make at every stage of the process. What are we doing next? What can I expect from my team? What can my team expect from me?

Join Dylan Beattie for an engaging and offbeat session that explores the complex and often misunderstood role that leadership plays in modern software development. Dylan will share stories from his own career journey, from Computer Assistant to Chief Technology Officer, as well as examples and insights from fields ranging from space exploration to rock’n’roll music. What’s the difference between experience and expertise? What does seniority really mean in an industry that’s constantly redefining itself? And what does all this have to do with karaoke?