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.
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.
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.
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” (http://levelup.patkua.com). You can find him online on twitter as @patkua or running his very popular "Tech Lead Skills for Developers" workshop around the world.