Born to Code or Sit in Meetings? Transitioning from IC to Eng Lead to Manager


By definition, it seems like a software engineer is supposed to write code. So what happens when a software engineer wants to take on more leadership? I found myself asking that exact question after two and a half years as an individual contributor at Strava. I didn't know if I wanted to be a manager, but I was eager to grow my communication and leadership skills. Strava created the Engineering Lead role for engineers in this position like me. After nine months in this new role, I transitioned to Engineering Manager. In this talk, I will tell the story of my journey through these three roles.

Language: English

Level: Non technical / For everyone

Jason van der Merwe

Engineering Manager - Strava

Born in South Africa but transplanted to Tennessee, Jason has three passports and an ambiguous accent. Now living in San Francisco, he is an engineering manager at Strava, leading a team that focuses on the early stages of the new user lifecycle. Outside of work, Jason loves to cook and has aspirations of opening a restaurant some day.

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