Drupalcamp London 2018

Growing developers with Drupal

Fran García-Linares

March 2018

About me

fran.garcia@amazeelabs.com

Fran García-Linares, Drupal web developer

fjgarlin@gmail.com

https://www.drupal.org/u/fjgarlin

We are

HIRING

Agenda (45min)

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Intro (5 min)

The role of a team leader (10 ~ 15 min)

How Drupal helps with all the above points (10 min)

Real-life examples (10 min)

Wrap up / Q & A (5 min)

Intro

  • This talk is about:

    • Team leader(ship)

    • Developers

    • Drupal

  • Why am I giving this talk?

    • I like sharing
    • I find other experiences useful
    • Constant learning
    • And...
  • A bit (more) about myself:

    • Teaching
    • Developer
      • Drupal
    • Team leader
    • Senior developer

Team Leader

  • The role

    • Management <> PM/PO <> Team leader <> Team
    • Management vs leadership
    • Usually developer
    • Lead by example
    • Mentoring / coaching
    • Skills:
  • Do you need to be an expert developer?

  • Challenges?

    • Management <> PM/PO <> Team leader <> Team
    • Pressure
      • Performance (own and team) - KPI vs gut feeling
      • Accountability (own and team)
      • Time
      • Budget
    • Bad days
    • Keeps developers engaged
    • Career progression (own and team)
  • Approach to projects? Think of...

    • Skills of the team (front-end, back-end, site building... none!)
    • Experience of the team
      • Graduate developers
      • Junior / mid-level developers
      • Experienced developers

HONESTY

  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Approachable
  • Confidence
  • Respectful
  • Fair
  • Integrity
  • Influential
  • Delegation
  • Facilitator
  • Negotiation

(Team leader) Drupal

  • The tool

    • Why Drupal and not other?
      • Great foundation
      • Extensibility
      • Community
      • ...
    • As MD/PO/PM - when dealing with (potential) clients:
      • Open source
      • Loads of information, tutorials...
      • "Easy" to move between agencies
    • As team leader, when using Drupal:
      • Mentoring / coaching
        • Easy to find resources for team
        • Architectural decisions guidance
      • Lead by example
    • As developer, when using Drupal:
      • Initial learning curve
      • Flexible (front-end vs back-end vs site-building)
      • Number of modules
      • Community
  • Do you need to be an expert developer?

  • Challenges?

    • Time ==> custom?
    • Budget ==> custom?
    • Keeps developers engaged ==> custom?
    • Career progression ==> custom?
  • Approach to projects?

    • Skills of the team (front-end, back-end, site building... none!)
    • Experience of the team
      • Graduate developers ==> Site building
      • Junior / mid-level developers ==> Building and coding
      • Experienced developers ==> Custom coding

Real-life examples (aka "The developers")

  • Background

    • PHP Developer

  • ​Started as

    • ​Junior Drupal developer

  • Struggles?

    • Wanting to understand all the layers!

  • ​Drupal helped

    • ​Trust other code, good patterns...

  • ​Improved in

    • ​Practicality

  • ​Where he is now

    • UI Technical Lead

Alex

Haaaave you met...?

  • Background

    • Sound engineering, no programming

  • ​Started as

    • ​Intern developer

  • Struggles?

    • Backend, servers...

  • ​Drupal helped

    • ​Separation of front-end vs back-end

  • ​Improved in

    • ​Theming, styling and JS!

  • ​Where she is now

    • ​Drupal Front-end developer

Joëlle

  • Background

    • Computer Science, first job. Good base.

  • ​Started as

    • ​Junior Drupal developer

  • Struggles?

    • Budget :-)

  • ​Drupal helped

    • ​Simple approach to some projects

  • ​Improved in

    • ​Knowing complexity of tasks, specially when coding is involved

  • ​Where he is now

    • ​Digital consultant > Drupal developer

Nick

Wrap up

  • Team leader main skills aren't technical.
  • In order to make developers grow you need to know them.
  • Drupal's flexibility allows multiple approaches to projects.
  • Drupal's community allows developers to grow in different areas.
  • The path of each person is unique, people and technology can help them shape it.
  • I'm not team leader now... what's different?
    • I'm a senior developer in my team.
    • No hierarchies within the team.
    • I still mentor.
    • I still (try to) lead by example.
    • I encourage others to find their path.
    • I still use Drupal everyday.
    • ...
    • Nothing has really changed, I'm just part of another community :-)

Q & A

https://slides.com/fjgarlin

Growing developers with Drupal // Drupalcamp London 2018

By Francisco García-Linares

Growing developers with Drupal // Drupalcamp London 2018

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