Maryam Umar

Head of QA at Rezolve Limited


The Joys of Managing Engineering Teams

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Becoming a manager of an engineering team is a daunting task. Most of us love to write code and as we get better, we are asked to start managing teams. 

My journey has been a little bit different. I came into team management by choice. In this talk, I will share some of the mistakes I have made as a mid-level manager and provide some tools for overcoming problems. Balancing personal learning as well as growing a team are difficult tasks expected from a new manager. I will be sharing my journey as I learnt to navigate through this extremely rewarding role in my professional life with multiple anecdotes to help everyone on this arduous ask.


Maryam draws joy from creating cohesive teams, with an environment which taps into everyone’s potential. She firmly believes this can only done with HRT(Humility, Reliability, Trust) as the guiding principle. She always endeavours to enable delivery for her team/group by removing roadblocks either by volunteering to devise a strategy or forming the right group to promote a faster pace. Quality assurance is not about writing tests for the product only. It’s also about driving good processes and deliverables for the stakeholders. Mariam has started speaking publicly about my work in the past few years as well. She is also a keen advocate of creating diverse and inclusive teams and have been a key member of Women in Tech initiatives in various organisations.