ThoughtWorks, active, generalising specialist
Patrick Kua is an author, speaker and consultant who still finds time to code. He works as an active, generalising specialist at ThoughtWorks and dislikes being put into a box. He is often found leading technical teams, coaching people and organisations in lean and agile methods, sometimes facilitating situations beyond adversity. Patrick is fascinated by elements of learning and continuous improvement, always helping others to develop an enthusiasm for the same. Patrick Kua has published both “The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams” and most recently, “Talking with Tech Leads: From Novices to Practitioners”
When you were just a developer, things seemed so simple. Sometimes it was a choice between using several libraries, or working out the right algorithm to solve a problem. Making decisions seemed really easy. When you are playing the Lead Developer role, decisions no longer seem black and white and you have several competing priorities.
We will explore the common paradoxes a Lead Developer experiences such as keeping technically relevant and developing better people skills, focusing on delivery software and supporting learning and encouraging improvements and maintaining consistency. Come away from this talk recognising the paradoxes other Lead Developers share with you and how to successfully solve them.