07 - 09 November 2018

M Shed, Bristol

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Julia Hayward

Redgate Software

About this Case Study

The concepts of management and leadership have a bad press amongst developers. It is a common view that the only form of career progression on offer is to stop doing the things you enjoy - and sadly, it is often true.

Following a major re-organisation in 2016, Redgate has tried to create a role in which experienced developers can get the best of both worlds - both highly hands-on and making use of their intimate knowledge of the codebase, but also bringing that expertise and insight up to the management level.

The intention was to break down some traditional barriers. I took on this role just over a year ago and it has been a profound learning experience. This session looks at some tough lessons I've learnt the hard way which, on reflection, have made me both a better manager and a better developer - finding balance, cultivating trust and emotional safety - and creating learning experiences for my team. This is not to warn developers away from taking on elements of leadership in their day-to-day jobs; on the contrary, I hope to show that with realistic expectations, it can be a most fulfilling experience.

About the Speaker

Julia Hayward is a technical lead at Redgate Software. After many years of development experience in the .NET and SQL Server worlds in fields as diverse as online cartography, factory scheduling and social media analytics, in 2016 she set out on a new journey leading the agile team that looks after the award-winning SQL Toolbelt and other productivity tools. She is a passionate believer in lifelong learning, and trying to keep feet in both technical and managerial worlds is her biggest challenge yet.

When away from the keyboard, Julia can usually be found behind a backgammon or chess board; she chairs the UK Backgammon Federation and is an organiser and arbiter for the Mind Sports Olympiad.


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