Engineering Leadership SIG: Crash Course: Managing Software People and Teams



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    TITLE: Crash Course: Managing Software People and Teams

    DESCRIPTION: "We'd like you to manage the team now." That's about as much introduction - and training - as many of us get before our first day managing. Often preceded only by, "You're a great programmer and you've got some people skills." But while programming cred and facility with people are helpful qualifications, what do you really need to know to manage well? What makes a manager great? What are the qualities that meld teams and deliver great software? Those are among the questions that led Ron Lichty and his co-author Mickey W. Mantle to write "Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams" (Addison-Wesley, September, ). In this interactive session, we'll examine the great managers each of us has experienced, and the qualities, skills, finesse and gifts of greatness that made them stand out. We'll talk about "the rest of the job": managing up, managing out, and other aspects of being a seasoned manager that reports mostly don't see. And you'll take away a few best practices that take most managers years to discover.

    MINI-BIO: Ron Lichty has been transforming chaos to clarity and making software development “hum” for most of his 20-plus years consulting with and managing software development and product organizations. From first-level manager to VP of Engineering and VP of Products, he has been brought in to solve problems like painfully slow product development, past-due estimates with no delivery in sight, challenges arising from geographically dispersed teams, productivity bridled by uncertainty, and an "order-taking mentality" from teams that should be eagerly proactive. Ron has repeatedly demonstrated that small tweaks can result in dramatic impacts to throughput, quality and customer focus. He has led products and development for companies of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500. His practice includes creating roadmaps everyone can follow, building communication with every part of the organization, leading agile transformations, and motivating and inspiring software development teams.

    Ron is a mentor, a coach and a team-builder. His book "Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams" was published by Addison Wesley in September 2012. He co-chairs the Emerging Technology SIG for SVForum, co-chaired the east bay's Software Development Best Practices SIG, and a decade ago co-founded SVForum's Software Architecture and Modeling SIG. In March, he plans to skied a ninth cross-country ski marathon with Team in Training; his eight TNT ski teams have raised almost 1 1/2 million dollars for curing leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and supporting patients and their families.

    • How to become a better manager
    • The management we see before we become managers, and what makes a manager great
    • The actual demands on us once we become managers
    • How to delegate, motivate, recruit, handle problem employees, shield your team, manage out, manage up, establish culture, and communicate


    Snack and Beverage Sponsor: UCSC Extension Silicon Valley Project Management Programment Program

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    ONGOING MANAGEMENT SPONSOR: Project Connections is our EL SIG Management Sponsor. is dedicated to practically and affordably supporting individuals as they do their jobs day-to-day and helping them grow their management abilities and careers. We also provide management development and support resources to organizations, through group subscriptions, methodology content licenses, on-demand virtual training programs, virtual coaching, and more - all to help managers improve how critical project work gets done, and to help grow the capabilities of everyone on their staffs and teams.

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    6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended!
    6:30 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin
    6:30 - 7:00 Enjoy wine, beer, cheese, fruit, snacks, pizza, soda and networking
    6:31 - 6:59 Engineering Leadership Peer-2-Peer Roundtable
    7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements
    7:10 - 8:25 Keynote and Q&A
    8:25 - 8:30 Closing announcements
    8:30 - 8:45 Informal networking and followup Q&A
    8:45 - 8:50 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful
    8:50 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home!

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    3412 Hillview Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94304

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