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The Role of being Technical in Technical Leadership

What does it mean to be a technical leader? There is compelling evidence that technical workers want leaders who are strong technologists, leaders they believe they can learn from.

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And yet, we also tell engineering managers to stay away from writing code, and discourage the idea that becoming an engineering manager is the path to making big technical decisions for your team.

What does this mean for those who wish to become engineering managers and technical leaders? How can you be an effective non-coding technical leader? We’ll discuss this conundrum and strategies to overcome it.

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This talk was delivered live in September 2017 at try! Swift NYC. The video was recorded, produced, and transcribed by Realm, and is published here with the permission of the conference organizers.

Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier is a Managing Director and Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma. She is the former CTO of Rent The Runway and a former VP of Technology at Goldman Sachs. She earned an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters degree in CS from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a maintainer of the Apache ZooKeeper open source project, writes the Ask The CTO column for O’Reilly Media, and is a regular public speaker and advocate for greater diversity in technology and leadership. Her book, The Manager’s Path, was published by O’Reilly in early 2017.

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