Growing Pains: Moving from Developer to Manager

Drupal Camp Asheville 2024 - July 12th-14th

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Rolando Scott
Taoti Creative
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There you are, a senior developer, minding your own business when suddenly you are trusted (and thrusted) into a manager role. Now what? What should you do, and when is the right time to panic?

Let's go on a journey to learn how to make that transition a successful one.. from having to deal with immediate challenges like managing people that just a short time ago were your peers, all the way to how to set yourself up for future growth.

Going from a developer to a manager is essentially a career change, albeit in the same industry, yet it is a natural and expected progression in any agency.

Let's tackle that imposter syndrome head-on. As a direct manager or team leader, you have more to do with your team's happiness than anyone else in the company. Embrace that responsibility and learn to make everyone around you a better person and a better employee for the company.

Target Audience

Any developer that strives to one day lead a team of people, either from a technical perspective (i.e. matter expert) or a more formal manager role. Any senior developer that has considered becoming a manager, or that their managers are considering them for the role.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the common mistakes made by developers who are suddenly managing people for the first time.
  • Develop empathy and other important human sentiments that will help empower your team members.
  • Apply, easy to use, quick tips to mentor and lead your team.

Prior Technical Knowledge

Not much. Our discussions will involve more soft skills than technical knowledge.