Great technologists often rise through the ranks, assuming responsibilities that go beyond just delivering technical work. This talk reflects on my journey from an engineer to leading teams.
I’ll talk about what I’ve learned, how I learned it, and share my evolving thoughts on technical leadership. I share my perspective on topics like business awareness, servant leadership, failing fast, taking calculated risks, data-driven decision making, promoting pragmatism, and sharing a vision. I discuss my opinions on pragmatism and the balance between technical innovation and practical problem solving in daily work. And, lastly, I share pro tips for leaders I’ve learned from experience, including empathy, listening, limiting ego, and teaching.
Attendees can expect to hear my findings on empowering technical teams that strive better meet the needs of people they serve.
MidCamp 2018, Florida Drupal Camp 2018
Over the last four years, I have given various presentations at many Drupal events in the United States and several events multiple times. I have been fortunate to provide the keynote for several of those events, including Drupal GovCon, Drupal Asheville, Drupal Colorado, and Drupal Camp St Louis. I have been featured at Florida Drupal Camp, Drupal Asheville, MidCamp, and others. I have given international talks at Drupal North and Drupal Camp Costa Rica. I have presented remotely at Drupal Europe, Stanford Drupal Camp, Drupal 8 Day, and at the DC Drupal Meetup. Topics vary from Drupal 8 development, contribution, technical leadership, security, DevOps, design systems, community, agile, and more.
Here are links to some talks, including recordings:
Better Together: Impact Through Contribution (GovCon keynote)
The Unintentional Findings of a Honey Badger (Asheville keynote)
Restoring Our Lost Imagination (Colorado keynote)
Security in Practice: Tools and Techniques (Florida featured talk)
My Journey to Understanding Technical Leadership (New Jersey / MidCamp talks)