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OPEN TALK: Promoted from Dev to Team Lead: 8 Things They Didn't Tell Me


Yishai Beeri
LinearB, CTO

Yishai Beeri likes to solve problems, and that's why he was so fascinated with programming when he first encountered Logo back in the 80s, where the possibilities seemed endless. He has made it a focus of his career to solve complex programming problems, both as a consultant and entrepreneur. In 2014 he joined the CTO office of a fast-moving cloud security startup, which later was acquired by a networking giant. At this startup, he also met Ori Keren and Dan Lines, now co-founders of LinearB. He joined them shortly after the company was established, in order to get back to what he loves most about engineering, solving big challenges, and this time he is focusing on the world of dev team metrics and software delivery management. 


Three years into my software engineering career (that I was loving), a freight train hit me. I was promoted to dev team lead. This is a common trend in the engineering world - where many times the sole paths to success for excellent engineers are through management paths. However, the skills that make great developers do not always translate to great management. In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite, they often hold us back from succeeding in leadership roles, and I, unfortunately, learned this the hard way.
This talk will expose some of the surprises and common mistakes that developers transitioning into leadership roles often face. Over the years I have compiled a list of 8 tips that I wish my engineering lead would have shared with me before I took the job. This talk will focus on things like the “superhuman mode” fallacy and knowing your limitations, how to be data-driven without being a performance tyrant, and other mistakes I myself have made in my engineering leadership roles.
Developers, if you are considering pursuing a management role, this talk will help you understand what it takes to be successful. If you are already a team lead, after this talk you’ll walk away with my personal playbook and all of my best tips for becoming a more effective leader. CTOs, VPs, and Directors of Engineering will learn how to set up new managers for success as they transition from individual contributors to team leads.