schedule Nov 26th 03:55 - 04:25 PM place Grand Ball Room 1

“That’s not good enough”

That was Larene’s response to when Damian told her “you’re doing a great job, keep doing what you’re doing”.

This talk is about the journey of a grizzled industry veteran and a young ambitious engineer thrown together in a small startup environment.

Forced to establish fast feedback cycle, not just iterating on the product we were developing, but also how we worked on it together. We were both pushed out of our comfort zones to create a productive collaboration.

We’ve distilled some of our lessons from this process into a handful of tools you can apply straight away, whether you’re seeking mentoring, or are in a tech leadership/manager position.

We’ll share how we give and receive feedback, how mentors can grow the technical skills of more junior people, how men can mentor women more effectively, and how even the most hardened “seen it all” of us can grow individually.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Why is it a two way street?
  • How to be a good mentor
    • Expectations - making the most of the relationship
    • How to demonstrate rather than just tell
      • Pairing
    • Mentoring women as a man
      • Benevolent sexism
  • Being a sponsor
  • Feedback
  • Manager/employee Readmes
  • One-on-ones

Learning Outcome

Takeaways

  • The value of writing a manager/employee readme
  • The importance of one on ones, and how to get the most out of them
  • Rules to better feedback
  • How to set expectations for mentoring

Target Audience

Engineering looking to become a more effective mentor, especially men mentoring women. Anyone looking for mentoring and how to get the most out of your mentor/mentee relationship.

schedule Submitted 11 months ago

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