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Patrick Kua

Technology Leader (Independent and former CTO/Chief Scientist) at


Cultivating High Performing Teams during Hypergrowth

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Hypergrowth companies (at least doubling in revenue every 12 months) make for a stressful environment as everything from people, process and culture go through rapid change. In this talk, Patrick will share how he was able to grow the tech team as CTO at N26 from 55 to 350+ people in under two years in a way that maximises both autonomy and alignment.

He'll discuss the explicit trade-offs in centralised versus decentralised thinking and how he managed to rapidly expand a team and still keep rapidly shipping product. He'll share many of the challenges individuals, managers and leaders and face and what you can do to prepare for that.


Tech Lead Skills for Developers
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00 -
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What is it?

This Tech Lead workshop is a course for Tech Leads by Tech Leads. This course focuses on technical leadership skills​ for Tech Leads through discussion, theory and practical exercises opposed to general leadership skills​ for Tech Leads. We explore the unique combination of skills and experiences that distinguish a “Tech Lead” from a “Leader working in a technical environment.”

Who’s it for?

A combination between a developer about to lead their first development team, or a Tech Lead for an existing team. This course will be most useful for those with the opportunity to apply their learnings immediately, or to experiences they can relate to.

What will participant’s learn?

  • What the breadth of the Tech Lead role encompasses
  • Why the Tech Lead role is necessary
  • What makes the Tech Lead unique from other leadership roles
  • What a Technical Vision is and how to shepherd a team towards a Technical Vision
  • What the common paradoxes a Tech Lead must manage
  • Why Cross Functional Requirements matter
  • How to identify and manage Cross Functional Requirements

Participants will leave the course with a clearer understanding of the role, new tools and mental models for handling Tech Lead responsibilities, experience applying some of these tools with feedback and a network of other Tech Leads to connect with.

What background should participants have?

Participants will have had some experience working on a variety of teams, possibly tried facilitating several meetings and has had some experience with different parts of the software lifecycle (e.g. story writing, build and release infrastructure, development and test, release and/or iteration planning and production support). Ideally they have played a leadership role for at least one team, however even experienced Tech Leads will learns something from this course.


Patrick Kua is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organisations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing and improving complex organisations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26 (Berlin, Germany) and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of three books including The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and Building Evolutionary Architectures and runs the popular newsletter for leaders in tech, “Level Up” ( You can find him online on twitter as @patkua or running his very popular "Tech Lead Skills for Developers" workshop around the world.