I can still feel the pain. Learning from five major mistakes
Rob Sabourin has been managing software engineering professionals since 1982. Fresh from school, as a recent graduate, with tons of technical programming experience, Rob was charged with managing a development team. As an Engineer, Rob had some knowledge and extensive training. As a manager Rob had no training, no experience, no mentors, no books, and no idea what he was in for! Rob hit his head against many walls as he learned about leadership, through the school of hard knocks, and by the way he continues to do so even today.
In this dynamic, high energy, presentation Rob shares five major, and very formative, mistakes he made and the lessons learned from them.
Leadership is not a popularity contest.
Delegate the problem, not the solution.
Technical competence is not enough.
Identify the right stakeholders.
Organizations change around you and despite you.
Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-nine years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. Rob authored “I am a Bug!”, the popular software testing children’s book; works as an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and serves as the principal consultant (and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc. Contact Rob at [email protected]