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KEVIN GOLDSMITH

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Kevin Goldsmith has been a developer, software architect, technology manager, and senior technology executive for over 28 years. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Anaconda, overseeing innovation for Anaconda’s current open-source and commercial offerings and developing new solutions to bring data science practitioners together with innovators, vendors, and thought leaders in the industry.

 

Formerly, Kevin was the Chief Technology Officer at Onfido; Chief Technology Officer at Avvo; the Vice President of Engineering, Consumer at Spotify; a Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems; and development lead at Microsoft.

When/Why/How to Stop Coding as your Day Job

Many, if not most of us, started as developers. We learned and perfected our craft and were proud of our coding accomplishments. It was what defined us.

 

Moving into the Lead role means taking on new responsibilities. Some are technical. Many are not.

 

As you progress in leadership, more and more of your responsibilities have less and less to do with coding. Many of us, including me, struggle with giving up coding when it is no longer our primary responsibility. Adapting to this new reality is one of the biggest challenges that I have seen leads face as they move into managing larger teams.

 

When is it time to make coding your hobby instead of your job? How do you do it? Where do you find that quick hit of dopamine that is gone when you can't mark a bug as fixed or get rid of that compilation error?

 

This talk is all about embracing the joys and challenges of people leadership while staying credible as a technical professional, and what it means to be a leader in a technical organization. The talk discusses how you can remain a technical resource for your team, even when you aren't deep in the code.

 

This talk will give you a potential path to follow in your development. It will make you more confident about your new technical leadership career, even if you are still a coding lead.