From Developer to Manager and Back Again

Brujo Benavides

  • Born 1981
  • Developing since 1991
  • Professionally since 2001
  • VB ➡ .NET ➡ Erlang
  • Computer Scientist
  • Open-Source Enthusiast
  • Trainer
  • Blogger
  • Walker
  • Father
  • Social Entertainer

My Career Path

Lessons Learned

Happiness Map

DEV

LEAD

DEV

LEAD

What you do

What you want to do

The Reality

DEV

MGR

DEV

MGR

What you do

What you want to do

???

???

Many Companies

do not have a

Career Path 

What does it mean

to grow

in your company?

Lesson 1:

Have a well defined

Career Path

…and now you are a leader!

It probably won't happen

overnight

Still, you won't be

prepared

for it

Lesson 2:

Invest time in

Learning

What to Learn?

  • Effective 1:1s
  • Managing Crisis
  • Mentoring
  • Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • Development Methodologies
  • Defining Career/Growth Plans
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Conducting Interviews
  • Ensuring Diversity
  • Public Speaking

Where to Learn?

  • Oren Ellenbogen
    • SWLW: Mailing list, Website, Book, Slack
  • Michael Lopp (a.k.a. Rands)
    • Rands in Repose: Blog, Books, Slack
  • Markus Blankenship
    • Blog, books, Slack, Website, Mentoring, YouTube
  • Camille Fournier
    • Rent the Runway: Blog, Book, Twitter
  • Yegor Bugayenko
    • Zerocracy: Blog, YouTube

The Challenges

New ​Responsibility

You will own things that were never yours.

Performance

Your success is now the success of your team.

Empathy

What

goes without saying

must

be said.

Meetings

You will talk.

You will talk a lot.

Multitasking

Many things will happen

at the same time

all the time.

Imposter Syndrome

What are you doing here?

How long until someone figures out that you should not be there?

Lesson 3:

Learn from your

challenges

The Good Things

Culture

You are in the right place to identify and grow the culture of your team

Transcendence

You are not just yourself anymore

Improvement

You help others

grow

Improvement

You

grow

Lesson 4:

Enjoy the

good stuff

Lesson 5:

Find your own

path

Thank you!

@elbrujohalcon

From Developer to Manager and Back Again

By Brujo Benavides

From Developer to Manager and Back Again

@ Soft Around the Globe #0

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