Patrick Kua is a keynote and frequent conference speaker, trainer and author of three books: The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and most recently, Building Evolutionary Architectures. He is currently Chief Scientist and former CTO of the mobile bank N26 (Berlin, Germany) where he is building the engineering group that will change modern retail banking for people like you and me. Formerly a Principal Technical Consultant at ThoughtWorks for almost 14 years, he brings a balanced focus on people, organisations and technology to optimise the flow of software. You can find him blogging at http://www.thekua.com/atwork and on twitter as @patkua
As a software engineer, you will have learned that "naming things" will remain one of the most difficult tasks in our industry. This is even more confusing when it comes to roles and responsibilities for the Tech Lead role. After interviewing many people playing technical leadership roles, establishing a European-wide Tech Lead training program in his last company, and training 100+ Tech Leads around the world, Patrick will share his lessons learned about what exactly a Tech Lead is, and what it takes to make the role successful. If you currently have or would like to take on a leadership role for an engineering team, come to this session to hear some practical tips that will make you a more successful Tech Lead.
Being a successful architect requires more than just a good understanding of architecture. Patrick Kua explores the breadth of skills and experience an architect should focus on and outlines the balance of traits that makes a well-rounded architect.Patrick examines the architect role from a number of perspectives -looking both inward and outward- to determine the different skill areas an architect requires to be successful. Patrick also shares some of the typical traps that an architect who focuses too much on a single aspect falls into and discusses their negative consequences to teams and organizations. Patrick concludes by offering a map for you to assess and plan your own development to learn and maintain a balanced set of skills and become a well-rounded architect.
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