LeadDev Together is a six-part event series, featuring talks, panels, crafted exercises, and dedicated group discussion time. Each three-hour session focuses on a core aspect of engineering leadership, with an agenda crafted in collaboration with subject specialist co-hosts.

Experience all of last year's sessions

Get full access to 29 videos from the debut series in 2020. Enjoy talks and panels on coaching, difficult conversations, career vectors, and more.

Session details

Series host

Hosted by 

Anjuan Simmons

Engineering Coach, 

Help Scout

Anjuan Simmons is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to the database. He is an energetic and informative speaker who presents at conferences, seminars, schools, and community centers around the world on topics including Agile software development, diversity, and leadership. Anjuan has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Developing your team

Coaching, sponsoring, and providing actionable feedback

April 13, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

April 14, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

If you look for resources on how to develop your engineers, the skill that’s most often talked about is probably mentoring; but studies have shown that, often, mentoring doesn’t help to progress people in the way that we hope.

But there are ways that you can move beyond mentoring to effectively help people grow: coaching will help them consider their own experiences and analyse their challenges, by providing growth opportunities through sponsorship, and providing feedback that works effectively for your team.

You’ll leave this session with:

An understanding of the difference between mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship

An introduction to the fundamentals of active listening and how to be a good coach

An overview of sponsorship, how it can help underrepresented leaders, and how to do it well

A framework for providing actionable, equitable, effective feedback

Hosted by 

Lara Hogan

Founder • Wherewithall

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.

Building motivation

Creating and retaining engaged teams

April 27, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

April 28, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

As an engineering leader, motivating your teams is one of your biggest priorities – but can also be one of your biggest challenges. And while many people are familiar with frameworks like "Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose" for breaking down motivation, actually applying these (often nebulous) concepts to your team can be challenging.

In this session, we are going to focus on concrete practices that you can use to create more engaged and motivated teams whatever the circumstances you find yourself in. 

You’ll leave this session with:

The ability to harness identity and culture for engagement

The skills to balance engineers' work on exciting challenges and business critical work

An understanding of the importance of having a long-term strategy and vision to maintaining motivation over time

Hosted by 

Camille Fournier


Camille is an engineering executive and author of The Manager’s Path, as well as the editor of the new book 97 Things Everyone Should Know About Engineering Management. 

She is a member of the engineering leadership team at Two Sigma Investments and is the former CTO of Rent the Runway. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Difficult conversations

Navigating difficult situations with confidence and empathy

May 11, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

May 12, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

Alongside all of the positives of being an engineering manager, there will always be times where you must navigate difficult conversations. Managing underperformance, addressing bad behaviour, and even letting people go are possible, and likely inevitable, parts of your job.

While these can be uncomfortable to tackle, it’s your responsibility as a manager to develop these skills so that you can do right by your teams. We’ll focus on practical ways you can prepare and conduct difficult conversations.

You’ll leave this session with: 

Strategies to build trust as the foundation for difficult conversations 

Frameworks for how to prepare for difficult conversations

Strategies for communicating change 

An understanding of how to resolve conflict on engineering teams 

Knowledge on how to apply these learnings onto a variety of real-world situations

Hosted by 

Erica Stanley

Director of Engineering • Google

Erica Stanley is an engineering leader, entrepreneur, and tech diversity & inclusion advocate. She is an acting General Manager at Mozilla, working with Mozilla Hubs – a social mixed reality platform. 

In her 20-year career, she’s worked in Fortune 500 companies, early-stage startups, and academia.

Defining & refining processes

Building, communicating, and iterating processes

May 25, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

May 26, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

Processes have the power to unlock your team, providing needed clarity and structure, and ensuring everyone is quickly synced. But when is the time to switch from an informal workflow to a process, and how do you ensure that you capture the opinions of everyone involved?

And creating a process isn’t even half the battle; how do you judge if a process is working successfully, how do you refine and alter it, and how do you make sure that everyone who uses it understands it?

You’ll leave this session with: 

An understanding of when it’s time to implement a new process

Frameworks for the initial creation of new processes

How to measure success and iterate effectively

Strategies for quickly building alignment

Hosted by 

Pat Kua

Seasoned Technology Leader

Patrick Kua is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organisations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing and improving complex organisations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26 (Berlin, Germany) and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks.

He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of three books including The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and Building Evolutionary Architectures and runs the free popular newsletter for leaders in tech, Level Up and the Tech Lead Academy, offering online training for technical leaders. You can find him online on twitter or running his very popular Tech Lead Skills for Developers workshop around the world.

Measuring success

Metrics for planning, execution and delivery

June 8, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

June 9, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

In the past four sessions we’ve covered the tenets of building high-performing teams. But once you’ve got your team in a shape you’re happy with, how do you measure the success of your team’s work?

From retention and engagement, to customer feedback and engineering velocity - there are many ways to judge your team’s success. In this session, we’ll break down the metrics you should be paying attention to and how you can measure them.

You’ll leave this session with: 

The ability to align and prioritize your team’s work around precise goals

Frameworks for measuring the success of your teams 

Strategies for unblocking and de-risking workflows

Metrics for validating how well projects achieved business goals

Hosted by 

Smruti Patel

Head of LEAP Engineering • Stripe

Smruti Patel is an Engineering Manager at Stripe, where she leads the Latency, Efficiency & Performance (LEAP) engineering and the Big Data platform organizations. For LEAP, she drives broad cross-organizational strategy and execution to reduce end-to-end API latency, optimize cloud costs and to tune system performance. And the Big Data platform hosts the underlying batch processing infrastructure to support Stripe's mission-critical business workflows.

Prior to that, she led multiple teams at VMware, including backups and disaster recovery.

Her interests include mentoring and coaching, hiking with her boys, and traveling.

Personal development

Strategies for your own career development

June 22, 18:00 - 21:00 BST
10am–1pm PDT / 1–4pm EDT / 6–9pm BST / 7–10pm CEST

June 23, 14:00 - 17:00 BST
6–9am PDT / 9am–12pm EDT / 2–5pm BST / 3–6pm CEST

Over the past five sessions, we’ve covered the core tenets of being an engineering leader – but you can’t grow and nurture your teams without also growing yourself.

Finding time to devote to self-improvement can be a challenge, and it always seems like the easiest thing to move down your priority list. It’s also harder for senior leaders to receive actionable feedback on their own work.

In this final session, we’ll help you work out how to change that and how you can be more effective with your learning time.

You’ll leave this session with: 

Strategies for thinking about your own personal development

Frameworks for career development on an organisational and personal level

Methods of growth for both the people management and individual contributor pathways

New methods of self-reflection and how to create space to do so

How to solicit effective feedback as you increase in seniority

Hosted by 

Meri Williams

CTO • Healx

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She’s CTO of drug discovery startup, Healx and also runs micro-consultancy ChromeRose, helping digital & technical teams be brilliant.

An alumna of Procter & Gamble and the Government Digital Service, she has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with folks spread across the world

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