Leadership Skills for the New Manager

by Eryn O'Neil | at Minnebar spring 2020 (canceled)

You have the "Engineering" part of "Engineering Manager" figured out... but how about the "Manager" part?

Many first time managers got the job because of their skill as a developer, despite the fact that programming and managing are two different jobs. To be effective, new managers must develop the leadership skills to guide their teams to success.

In this session, you will start to develop your own leadership style as we break down the squishier parts of the job: building a cohesive and high-performing team; motivating and retaining talented engineers; giving effective feedback; having difficult conversations; and more.

[Note: This is a talk version of a 3.5 hour workshop, and it will be the first time it's delivered. I'll try to come back and update this description with the specific things that made the cut, but if I don't actually get to everything in that final paragraph, please don't hate me.

On the other hand, if there's something specific you're hoping doesn't get cut, let me know!]


Eryn O'Neil

In her 13 years in the industry, Eryn O’Neil has been a developer, a tech lead, an independent consultant, a manager, and a director. Coming from the agency world, she has worked on everything from e-commerce and online promotions to crafting a proprietary framework and CMS. Her philosophy is to build software by placing humans first: both the people who will use it and the developers who will build it with you (and maintain it afterward).

Living in Minnesota, Eryn spends most of her free time teaching blues dancing, being a new mom, and wishing it weren’t snowing. You can follow her on Twitter at @eryno.