Executive Director of Engineering
The New York Times
Managing up is often seen as something done just by individuals. But as an engineering leader, you are the face of your team’s work, and it is your responsibility to manage up and make sure it's visible at the organisational level. And you can't assume that your manager has the visibility into your team or your team's work, and to shape the direction, you need to be able to shift their point of view.
Mastering the skill of managing up and influencing can be challenging to navigate. In this session, we'll help you work out how to get the message out.
You'll leave this session with:
Guidelines about what not to do when managing up and influencing
Tools to enter into a better (more effective) relationship with your manager
Practical strategies to increase your impact with your own projects and team’s visibility
Knowledge around how to manage when you’re being managed up
Managing up has become a big term in tech circles today and the term has grown to encompass a lot of things. Studies have shown that when men are thinking about managing up, they're thinking of personal interest - and when women think of managing up, they're thinking about their teams.
The truth is, successful managing up requires both of these skills - sometimes you need to go to bat for yourself, and you'll need to go to bat for your team. This talk will outline why you need to manage up, bust a few common myths around managing up, and show where managing up comes into play in everyday work scenarios.
Senior Director of Engineering
Neha Batra is a Director of Engineering at GitHub, where she leads the Communities Department that focuses on tools for open source communities like Discussions, Sponsors, and Interaction Limits. Her passion lies in making the tech industry easier and more inclusive to work in, which is why she focuses her talks and blogs on action-oriented tips and tricks, like Facilitation 202, Microallyship, and Managing your Mentorship. She holds a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and enjoys foodie adventures, planning trips, and collecting national park magnets. If you want to hear her ramble on a topic, ask her about pair programming, her adventures as a manager or consultant, or how much she misses Miami and its cafecitos.
No two managers are alike. Every senior leader you interact with will bring their own experience, set of biases, communication styles - and fundamentally, different personalities to a conversation. They’ll have different focuses and different goals. And if no two managers are alike, no two managing up conversations will be alike either.
In this talk, we’ll explore how to adapt your tactics to different management techniques. We’ll look at how managing up differs at the intersection of varying management styles and provide you with techniques to adapt your style to different situations.
Lara is an author, public speaker, and coach for managers and leaders across the tech industry. As a founder of Wherewithall, Lara and her team run workshops, roundtables, and trainings on core management skills like delivering great feedback and setting clear expectations.
Before Wherewithall, Lara spent a decade growing emerging leaders as the VP of Engineering at Kickstarter and an Engineering Director at Etsy. She champions management as a practice, building fast websites, and celebrating your achievements with donuts (and sometimes sushi).
Her latest book, Resilient Management, is here to help those who find themselves responsible for supporting a team of people.
We've identified how you can manage up to more senior leaders in the talks so far, but wait. Aren't you a leader now? If you’re attending LeadDev Together, you probably are (or will be stepping into those shoes in the near future) - and you know what that means. In all likelihood, now your ICs are managing up - and the person they’re managing up to is you.
So how do you manage when you’re being managed up? And how do you show that you’re listening, understanding a problem, and eager to make a change? In this talk, we’ll outline how to deal with being on the receiving end of managing up, and how to create a constructive two-way relationship.
Senior Director of Engineering
Tanisha Barnett is a Senior Director of Engineering at Mailchimp-Intuit, an always-on marketing platform for small businesses. She has over 20 years of management experience in the IT industry.
Tanisha started her career as an engineer and quickly realized that her passion was in growing people and organizations while continuing to stay in the IT industry.
She is committed to diversity and inclusion and the impact it has on organizations. Tanisha holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!