Confirmed line-up and activities

08:00 1h 45min

WELCOME

Registration and refreshments

Welcome to LeadDev London 2024

09:00 10 mins

Welcome to LeadDev London 2024

A welcome to LeadDev London 2024 from the host Meri Williams. Featuring co-host, Marcus Gardiner.

Featuring:

Meri Williams
Meri Williams
CTO and Advisor Pleo
Marcus Gardiner
Marcus Gardiner
Technical Principal Softwire
9:30

Keynote: Embracing engineering’s place at the forefront of business

The landscape of technology has changed over the past decade - and that change has led to the place of engineering changing in the architecture of modern businesses. As engineering leaders, we need to move beyond the perception that technology is a back-office function, a support function, or a cost centre - and understand that technology is a leading function. As engineering leaders, we need to actively seek to lead the businesses that we’re a part of - and this is especially critical as we look to ensure the effective, safe and ethical adoption of GenAI.

Featuring:

Renee Hunt
Renee Hunt
CTO Compare the Market
09:55

How do you deliver a feature on the biggest stage in the world?

In this talk, media server engineer Josh McNamee discusses the challenges in shipping Disguise’s 'Single Large Canvas', the software feature that lets U2 put images on the inside of the Las Vegas Sphere.

Featuring:

Josh McNamee
Josh McNamee
Lead Software Engineer Disguise Ltd
10:10

Engineering leadership in 2024 and beyond: Skating where the puck is going when the ice is melting

A sneak peek into the 2024 LeadDev Engineering Management report: how the role is changing and what these changes mean for the industry at large.

Featuring:

Lena Reinhard
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Scott Carey
Scott Carey
Editor in Chief LeadDev
10:30

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Renee Hunt
CTO
Josh McNamee
Lead Software Engineer
Kristen Foster-Marks
Principal Developer Experience Engineer @ Developer Success Lab
Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Scott Carey
Editor in Chief

Table talks

Join facilitated group conversations with other leaders on:

  • How can I tell if my team is doing well? 

Featuring:

Martha Moniz
Senior Engineering Manager
Laura Tacho
CTO
Nsikan Essien
Engineering Manager
Bradley Hopkinson
Engineering Manager

Table talks

Join facilitated group conversations with other leaders on:

  • How do you write documentation that people actually read?

Featuring:

Joy Aguguo
Software Test Consultant
Tom Ahi Dror
Co-Founder
Jo Franchetti
Developer Advocate

Complete your "Voltron Quest"

Inspired by Lara Hogan’s Manager Voltron, meet other leaders to build your peer network at LeadDev London.

Featuring:

Marcus Gardiner
Technical Principal
11:40

Tech debt as innovation, reframing this forever problem as an opportunity

In this talk, Bruce will discuss how they're reframing technical debt at Netflix and what they're investing in to help manage it better.

Featuring:

Bruce Wang
Bruce Wang
Engineering Director, Games Platform Netflix
12:10

From overload to oasis: Creating more time for the cool stuff

If you’re ready to shift your team dynamics then join Dominika for this talk. You’ll leave with actionable strategies on how to lighten your workload whilst genuinely empowering your team members and helping them grow. Instil confidence, create a safe environment and elevate your leadership. Less burnout, more contentment and way more time for the cool stuff! From overload to oasis, in under 10 minutes. It’s a win-win 🚀

Featuring:

Dominika Pietrzak
Dominika Pietrzak
Software Engineer Gymshark
12:20

Managing across timezones; A retrospective

Over the past two years Matt has experimented (and continues to experiment) with various processes and ways of working to maximise his team's ability to work collaboratively, deliver incrementally and build team rapport; even when they can't be in the same room. This talk will be a retrospective of that journey.

Featuring:

Matt Boyle
Matt Boyle
Engineering Manager Cloudflare
12:30

Building for the new developer

In this talk, Cat wants to share the research story of their large-scale study into the social science of genAI adoption as they fought to bring a human-centered approach to pressing questions that engineering organizations are facing about the rapidly-changing possibilities of AI-assisted coding.

Featuring:

Cat Hicks
Cat Hicks
VP of Research Insights & Founder of Developer Success Lab Pluralsight
13:00

Lunch

Network, learn and explore during every break

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Bruce Wang
Engineering Director, Games Platform
Dominika Pietrzak
Software Engineer
Matt Boyle
Engineering Manager
Cat Hicks
VP of Research Insights & Founder of Developer Success Lab

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Tackling the role of Tech Lead

Featuring:

Simone Casciaroli
Head of Engineering
Lisa Karlin Curtis
Software Engineer
Humayra Hanif
Senior Software Engineer
Michael Tempest
Senior Engineering Team Lead
Rui Posse
Lead Software Engineer

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on:

  • How do you build an effective, human-centred on-call process?

Featuring:

Tatsiana Mihai
Staff Engineer
Peter Mounce
Senior Engineer
Alicia Collymore
Engineering Manager

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on:

  • How do you know where to focus your attention as a staff+ leader?

Featuring:

Manisha Lopes
Data Engineering Team Lead
Jonathan Courtois
Distinguished Engineer
Oana Panainte
Senior Principal Quality Engineer

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Coaches:

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Mathias Meyer
Executive Coach & Founding Partner

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Black leaders

Featuring:

Phillipa Rodney
Engineering Manager
Chinonso Ani
Engineering Manager / Founder
Amina Adewusi
Software Engineer

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Leaders with disabilities

Featuring:

Andrew Hayward
Accessibility Engineer
Sally Lait
Engineering Director – Safety & Integrity
Ben Gamble
Field CTO

Meet the Author

Bring a book and get it signed - or just have a chat.

Featuring:

Lara Hogan
VP of Engineering
14:30

Demystifying neurodiversity in tech with nostalgic video games

In this talk, you'll learn about a DEI topic in a way that you've never seen before. Parul will be taking you on a trip down memory lane to learn about Neurodiversity in technical leadership through concepts from nostalgic video games such as Mario, Pacman and Tetris.

Featuring:

Parul  Singh
Parul Singh
Founder and Neurodiversity Consultant Parallel Minds
15:00

How to use technology radars to make transparent tech decisions

Due to Medic’s commitment to open-source, all the content of the Technology Radars is public on GitHub and open to the community to provide comments and suggestions. The talk centers around the benefits of building such a tool, such as transparency, alignment and faster onboarding.

Featuring:

Andra Blaj
Andra Blaj
Engineering Manager Medic
15:10

Delivery metrics - the good, the bad and the utterly ridiculous

During this talk, we’ll examine how an over-reliance on metrics can be exploited by both developers and managers for status, power and $$$$. And for the less cynical, how a sensible approach to measuring things can actually make a team work better.

Featuring:

Jennifer Mackown
Jennifer Mackown
Staff Engineer Plandek
15:20

Sponsor Presentation

Measure for change

Picking metrics is one thing. But the harder decisions lie in what to do with them afterward. These choices determine whether your organisation is able to use metrics to improve – or if they’re actually going to cause your engineering culture to take a nosedive. After coaching hundreds of engineering leaders, I’ve seen that the ones who really got it right shared a few important traits: all metrics are tied to a decision, they involve their teams, and they always, always follow-up. Aside from metrics, these leaders know that they need to equip their teams with the knowledge, tools, and autonomy they need to continuously improve.

Featuring:

Laura Tacho
Laura Tacho
CTO DX
15:50

Refreshments

Network, learn and explore during every break

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Parul Singh
Founder and Neurodiversity Consultant
Andra Blaj
Engineering Manager
Jennifer Mackown
Staff Engineer
Laura Tacho
CTO

Career next steps Q&A

Dedicated sessions on how to take the next step in your career for:

  • Stepping into the role of Staff Engineer

Featuring:

Liem Pham
Staff Product Engineer
Olga Leus
Senior Staff Engineer
Gary Hammett
Staff Software Engineer
Simone Casciaroli
Head of Engineering

Solution Swap

Work together to find ways of solving a common problem posed by our moderator.

  • My team is being asked to move faster, but we’re already flat out - what can I do?

 

Featuring:

Joel Chippindale
CTO Coach
Ray Cooper
Co-founder

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on how to interpret engineering data in a holistic way.

Featuring:

Derik Evangelista
Principal Software Engineer
Sadee Akhtar
Director of Expert Services
Monal Sanghvi
Technology Leader

Table talks

Join facilitated conversations on how you can maintain a healthy culture even under high pressure.

Featuring:

Niraj Patel
Staff Engineer
Sumitra Varma
Head of Engineering
Josh Emerson
Head of Engineering

Speed coaching

Watch or participate in free 1:1 coaching

Coaches

Lena Reinhard
Engineering Leadership & Executive Coach
Mathias Meyer
Executive Coach & Founding Partner

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Women leaders

Featuring:

Anastasia Lopez
Engineering Lead
Irina Kamalova
Senior Backend Software Engineer

Community Representation Groups

Connect with other leaders with similar backgrounds and experiences to you, and build a peer network for support throughout your leadership journey. 

  • Leaders on the autism spectrum

Featuring:

Dennie Declercq
President, Microsoft MVP
Lucia Velasco
Consultant and Freelance Developer
Jonathan Fielding
Staff Engineer

Meet the Author

Bring a book and get it signed - or just have a chat.

Featuring:

Jacqui Read
Author of Communication Patterns
16:40

Data science demystified

This talk gives an overview of Data Science and delves deep into the pipeline data scientists use - right from fetching the data, the Python tools and frameworks used to creating models, gaining insights and telling a story.

Featuring:

Grishma Jena
Grishma Jena
Data Scientist IBM
17:10

You are here: The story of the Barbican

If you were standing in this exact spot in early 1941, you’d be surrounded by rubble. The government plan for rebuilding London after World War II called for this incredibly valuable land to be filled with office towers to help fill the City of London’s insatiable need for office space. What got built instead was a monument to urbanism and Brutalist architecture housing 2,000 residences, 3 schools, a church, and a performing arts complex. There’s a lot we can learn about navigating the stakeholders and constraints we face every day from the people who made the Barbican a reality. Let’s dig into the fascinating story of this incredible set of buildings.

Featuring:

Nickolas Means
Nickolas Means
VP of Engineering MedScout
17:40 10 min

CLOSE

LeadDev London 2024 wrap-up

Closing session

Featuring:

Meri Williams
Meri Williams
CTO and Advisor Pleo
18:00

Networking mixer

Spend some time with other attendees after Day 1 of the conference.

CTO After Hours Panel

Hear from technology leaders at the highest level of engineering. Find out what CTOs of top organisations need from their teams and what their focus is for 2024 and beyond.

Featuring:

Scott Carey
Editor in Chief
Meri Williams
CTO and Advisor
Rafe Colburn
Chief Product & Technology Officer
Rebecca Salsbury
Chief Technology Officer

Become a LeadDev Contributor AMA

Hear from the LeadDev content team on the secrets of crafting winning speaker submissions, effective article proposals and how to get involved with the community.

Featuring:

Anastasija Kovacevic
Editor
Melinda Seckington
Ishaan Singh
Mariana Valette
Content Producer
Rob Smith
Content Producer

Office Hours

Chat with the speakers face-to-face in a relaxed, conversational environment.

Featuring:

Grishma Jena
Data Scientist
Nickolas Means
VP of Engineering

Table Talks

Join facilitated conversations on:

  • How can I get my codebase ready for AI?

Featuring:

Chris Class
Engineering Manager
Ellissa Verseput
Data Team Lead

Workshop: Be a Brilliant People Developer - tickets available from £799 +VAT

Add to your conference experience with a workshop pass and receive an additional full day of tutoring and group roundtable discussion led by host, Meri Williams.

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