Talking with Tech Leads
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Talking with Tech Leads

From Novices to Practitioners

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A book for Tech Leads, from Tech Leads.

This book is for you if you're leading software teams, or just about to start leading software teams. Inside you will read stories from people who have been in this position, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

The book is split into two main sections:

  • Novices – Developers, like yourself, who just transitioned into the role of a Technical Leader
  • Practitioners – Seasoned Technical Leaders who have lead a team for a long time, or have lead many different software teams

Each group gives you a different insight into what it means to be a Tech Lead.

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Patrick Kua
Patrick Kua

Patrick Kua is the 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, he is the author of three books, The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and most recently, Building Evolutionary Architectures. Patrick is a frequent conference speaker, blogger and is passionate about bringing a balanced focus between people, organisations and technology. You can find me blogging at or on twitter @patkua


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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
    • Why I wrote this book
    • What you’ll find in this book
  • Acknowledgements
  • Testimonials
  • Introduction
    • In the Beginning
    • From Tech Leads to Tech Leads
    • From Novices to Practitioners
  • Novices
    • A Different Perspective – Cameron Swords
    • Change of Focus – Anne Simmons
    • Needs for a Wider Skill Set – Ebony Pierce
    • Juggling Act – Siebert Lubbe
    • The External Face – Liz Douglass
    • Chaos and Cluelessness – Roy Osherove
    • More Than Just Tech – Priyank Gupta
    • The Bigger Picture – Suchit Puri
    • Less Coding, More Responsibility – David ‘Bucky’ Schwarz
    • Lean on Communication Skills – Stefan Marev
  • Practitioners
  • People
    • Team Focus – Alison Rosewarne
    • Team over Self – Humphrey Elton
    • Delegate, Delegate, Delegate – Jason Selby
    • Facilitating, then Leading – Dan Abel
    • Helping the Team – Adam Esterline
    • Inwards and Outwards – Rachel Laycock
    • Soft Skills – Jon Pither
    • Enabling People – Isabella Degen
    • It’s Not About the Code – Patric Fornasier
    • People Focus – Sarah Taraporewalla
    • Engaging the Team – Glen Ford
  • The Tech of a Tech Lead
    • Teams and Architecture – Simon Brown
    • Enablement and Solution Design – Marten Gustafson
    • Manage Tech Debt – Mark Crossfield
    • An Architect Too? – Tomi Vanek
    • Champion Quality – Peter Moran
    • Don’t Forget Cross-Functional Requirements – Christy Allmon
    • Prioritising Tech Tasks – Chris Close
  • Bridging the Business with Tech
    • The Big Picture – Luca Grulla
    • Align Technology with Business – Robert Annett
    • Mapping the Future – Jason Dennis
    • Finding Balance with the Business – Cory Foy
    • A Bridge to the Business – Ryan Kinderman
  • You
    • Managing Yourself – Stephen Hardisty
    • Scouting – Geoffrey Giesemann
    • Lead from Behind – Joel Tosi
    • Understand Yourself – Daniel Worthington-Bodart
    • Finding Balance – Laura Paterson
  • Conclusions
    • Lessons Learned by First-Time Tech Leads
    • Lessons Learned by Practising Tech Leads
    • Final Words
  • Appendix
    • Useful Books
    • Useful Websites
    • Other References
  • About the Author

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