Tech Lead Coaching Network

Tech Lead Coaching Network

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Being a tech lead is hard! We’re a volunteer-based community of tech leads who support each other. In this podcast, you’ll get quick tips and ideas for your role as a tech lead, posted daily (M-F). Join us at techleadcoaching.com - all free, community based, and open sourced.


46 - It’s Monday. Find the Right Mental Attitude Anyway, Tech Leads
Apr 22 • 7 min
It’s Monday and you need some motivation. So do I. In this episode, I give you some ideas about why being negative is so lame and an idea about how to improve your psychological capital — just to scratch the very surface of a BIG topic! Links:…
45 - Refactoring Anxieties - You Can Help, Tech Leads!
Apr 19 • 9 min
Rambling post today about about what it means to stress out about code as a junior developer as you’re refactoring, how you can help as a tech lead, and why it’s important that you do! The post I mention in the pod is here:…
44 - You Don’t Know the Tech Lead Coaching Network!
Apr 18 • 11 min
Hey tech leads: wanna tell you about the Tech Lead Coaching Network: we’ve got case study workshops. We’ve got peer to peer coaching network (join!!). We’ve got the podcast (you know me). And we’ve got a Tech Lead Tuesday morning conference call. And you…
43 - Embrace Conflict On Your Team—It’s a Big Leadership Moment, Tech Leads!
Apr 17 • 9 min
Not all conflict has to be bad and not all conflict has to turn toxic. Let’s discuss stepping into that moment tech leads! Don’t forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now! https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead/ And share your…
42 - It’s OK If You Have To Repeat Yourself, Tech Leads!
Apr 16 • 6 min
Your engineers will forget the vision, no matter how compelling it is. So it’s ok if you have to repeat yourself! DO IT! Don’t forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now! https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead/ And share your…
41 - Tech Leads: Focus On What You Can Control, Not What You Can’t
Apr 15 • 5 min
It’s Monday and it’s Tax Day and there’s nothing you can do about it. Focus on what you CAN control tech leads! Don’t forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now! https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead/ And share your feedback with…
40 - Tech Leads Always Get Some Kind of Result. What Are you Getting?
Apr 12 • 8 min
You are going to get results no matter what you do. The question is what kind are you going to get? Don’t forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now! https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead/ And share your feedback with the author,…
39 - You Need Coaching, Tech Leads :-)
Apr 11 • 7 min
In today’s episode I want you to consider joining the coaching network—no matter where you are! Don’t forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now! https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead/ And share your feedback with the author,…
38 - What’s Better? Slack or Real Life Meetings? Weigh In Tech Leads
Apr 10 • 15 min
Let’s talk about what’s better: real life meetings or Slack based meetings? And when is which one better? Blogs I mentioned: Meetings that work (and don’t) in Slack Office Hours: Slack vs. Email vs. Meeting Get off Slack and go talk to your teammates…
37 - Be a Great Vision Crafter Tech Leads!
Apr 9 • 9 min
Let’s do another deep dive on crafting compelling visions by exploring the WHY of the vision - even for something as mundane as a Redis upgrade to the (currently) mythical version 6. I even talk about Simon Sinek. Don’t forget that today is Taco Tuesday…
36 - Published! How To Be A Tech Lead, The Book, Is Now Available - Free!
Apr 8 • 6 min
Our book is now available for download! Years in the making, we hope this is a useful guide for new and experienced tech leads. If it’s not, share your feedback with the author, Michael Rice, directly at [email protected] Download the book…
35 - Finding Certainty in the Uncertain Tech Lead Role
Apr 5 • 5 min
As a new tech lead (or even an experienced one), there are lots of moments of uncertainty. In this short episode, we talk about frankly about it and propose two ways of finding certainty in an uncertain role. Part of the content for this episode came from…
34 - Tech Leads: You Need to Craft Clear and Compelling Technical Visions. Let’s Talk About How.
Apr 4 • 6 min
Being clear about the vision you have for your project or initiative is a key tech lead capability. Bonus points for making it compelling. Let’s explore an example and some ideas about what you should include in a clear and compelling vision. This idea…
33 - How Much Energy Are You Bringing Tech Leads?
Apr 3 • 6 min
The best tech leads bring a lot of energy to the role. This is the first time I’ve really emphasized it to you so give it a listen and let me know what you think. This one got recorded while I was on spring break with my family in Palm Springs, CA, so…
32 - Hey Tech Leads, Start Tracking and Adjusting!
Apr 2 • 8 min
You aren’t going to see “tracking and adjusting” on any tech lead job descriptions, but it’s a critically important capability. Let’s spend a few minutes exploring it today. This one got recorded while I was on spring break with my family in Palm Springs,…
31 - Announcing Our New, Free Book: How to be a Tech Lead
Apr 1 • 9 min
It’s been a long weekend of writing, but we’re excited to announce that our new book, How to be a Tech Lead, will be available within a few days. Totally free. Get notified on Leanpub here: https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead Being a tech lead is…
30 - Anand’s Tech Lead Journey (part 2/2)
Mar 29 • 9 min
In this episode, we continue Anand’s story. Anand is a fictional first time tech lead, and these are his first few weeks. In this episode (2/2), Anand talked to his coach and turns the project around. Being a tech lead is hard! We’re here to support you.…
29 - Anand’s Tech Lead Journey (part 1/2)
Mar 28 • 8 min
In this episode, we explore Anand’s story. Anand is a fictional first time tech lead, and these are his first few weeks. Warning: gonna leave you hanging until tomorrow to hear how it turns out! Being a tech lead is hard! We’re here to support you. 🏅 Glad…
28 - I Was a Totally Mediocre Tech Lead
Mar 27 • 9 min
Thought the middle of the week was a good time to share that I WAS A TOTALLY MEDIOCRE TECH LEAD. In this little episode, I share the story of how I thought the pinnacle of my accomplishments as a tech lead were all about the software — software that the…
27 - Why You Can’t Seem to Listen as a Tech Lead
Mar 26 • 7 min
As a tech lead, you probably have all kind of things going on that block your ability to listen despite the fact that yesterday, Episode 26, we said the ground zero foundation of your tech lead role is how well you can listen to the team. Let’s explore…
26 - Hey Tech Lead, Listening is Your Most Important Skill
Mar 25 • 10 min
The ground zero foundation of your tech lead role is how well you can listen to the team. Almost everything else flows from your ability to listen to the team and read the situation (even if it’s a minor comment on Slack). Let’s explore! We’re on a…
25 - Leadership Moments - Step Into Them Tech Leads!
Mar 22 • 7 min
Leadership isn’t a role a title. It’s something you DO when there’s a leadership moment. The question is (1) will you step into it and (2) do you have the skills and capabilities if you do. We’re on a mission to make happier and more impactful tech leads.…
24 - Why Clear and Compelling Visions Are So Important!
Mar 21 • 9 min
We hammer on the idea that you need to be able to articulate clear visions, make them compelling, and repeat them often. In this episode, we explore a few reasons WHY. We’re on a mission to make happier and more impactful tech leads. 🏅 Glad you’re on the…
23 - Take Initiative w/ Your Relationships Tech Leads!
Mar 20 • 7 min
Humans are like cars, they’re running all the time and need maintenance. Don’t ignore it tech leads! Take initiative with your relationships at work. We’re on a mission to make happier and more impactful tech leads. 🏅 Glad you’re on the journey with us.…
22 - I Love Meetings and You Can Too
Mar 19 • 7 min
I know, I know, meetings are supposed to be the root of all evil. But now that you’re a tech lead, there are a lot of reasons why meetings are super useful for your tech lead role. Let’s explore and learn to ♥️ meetings. We’re on a mission to make happier…
21 - Two Types of Tech Lead Coaching - Real and Fake
Mar 18 • 7 min
Let’s call it Mode 1 and Mode 2 coaching. In Mode 1, organizations want to adopt a “coaching” management style, but it can come across as manipulative or coercive. In Mode 2, our tech lead coaches shift the focus to the tech lead being coached. We’re on a…
20 - No, Really, Do You ACTUALLY Want to be a Tech Lead??
Mar 15 • 9 min
STEPPING UP TO BE A TECH LEAD IS MAYBE YOUR BIGGEST CAREER MOVE. Let’s close the loop on last Friday’s episode, and explore whether you really want to to it. After you listen to this episode, lighten up - it’s Friday, after all. :-) We’re on a mission to…
19 - Take the Anxiety Out of Taking Action with the Success Cycle
Mar 14 • 8 min
Hey tech leads, I know that taking action by stepping into leadership moments can stress you out. What if you fail? What if you’re doing the wrong thing? What if something goes wrong? Use Paul Martinelli’s Success Cycle, which will feel very comfortable…
18 - Lead From the Front Tech Leads!
Mar 13 • 8 min
You should absolutely be focused on listening and collaborating, but when it’s time to lead, it’s time for you to create a vision and lead from the front tech leads! We’re on a mission to make happier and more impactful tech leads. 🏅 Glad you’re on the…
17 - Tech Leads - A Broader Skillset
Mar 12 • 9 min
Let’s talk about one tech lead’s experience from Patrick Kua’s Talking With Tech Leads. In this episode we talk about some of her challenges and try to think through some of the questions a tech lead coach might ask. We’re on a mission to make happier and…
16 - What Do Tech Leads Do?
Mar 11 • 8 min
What do tech leads actually do in the role? In Episode 15 we asked if you actually want to be a tech lead, but we probably should have started with this one. In this episode, we do a read out on What Tech Leads Do from the Tech Lead’s Guide on…
15 - Do You Actually Want to Be a Tech Lead?
Mar 8 • 10 min
Are you in a tech lead role? Do you actually want to be? Are you hoping to be in one? Do you think you need to wait for someone else to call you a tech lead before stepping up? Let’s discuss on this episode before the weekend starts. We’re on a mission to…
14 - How to Say Yes but Actually Say No
Mar 7 • 8 min
In this quirky episode, we share why there are times when you may not want to say “no” to your boss (or even, “yes, but”) and how to navigate that conversation to the outcome you want :-) We’re on a mission to make happier and more impactful tech leads. 🏅…
13 - Your Feedback Wanted: Free Tech Lead 101 Training?
Mar 6 • 7 min
Thinking about hosting some free Tech Lead 101 training. Would love your insight or feedback on whether you think it would be helpful or whether you want to get involved. SEGMENTS- 0:04 - Intro 👋 0:14 - About the Tech Lead Coaching Network 1:23 - How to…
12 - Intro to Patrick Kua’s *Talking with Tech Leads*
Mar 5 • 6 min
In this short episode, we want to turn you on to a book that too few tech leads know about: Patrick Kua’s Talking with Tech Leads. It’s been around for a minute, but you might find it super useful. SEGMENTS- 0:05 - Intro 👋 0:14 - About the Tech Lead…
11 - Hey Tech Lead, It’s OK to Tell People What to Do :-)
Mar 4 • 7 min
We overlooked a key job requirement of being a tech lead. Sometimes you have to tell people what to do, ask them to do something different, or just tell them “no.” These are hard conversations, but you can do it! Let’s explore in this episode. SEGMENTS-…
10 - Deep Dive on Your Growth Mindset - the Last Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads
Mar 1 • 7 min
This week we’re building on last Friday’s (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Friday and we’re talking about the last one: your individual growth mindset as a key capability. SEGMENTS- 0:05…
9 - Deep Dive on Tracking and Adjusting - the Fourth Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads
Feb 28 • 7 min
This week we’re building on last Friday’s (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Thursday and we’re talking about tracking and adjusting. SEGMENTS- 0:05 - Intro 👋 0:14 - About the Tech Lead…
8 - Deep Dive on Framing a Vision - the Third Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads
Feb 27 • 8 min
This week we’re building on last Friday’s (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Wednesday and we’re talking about what defining a clear, compelling vision means in the context of your tech…
TECH LEAD TUESDAYS - Morning Rush Hour Drive Recording - Feb. 26, 2019
Feb 26 • 22 min
Live conference call recording from our weekly LA TECH LEAD TUESDAY Conference Call on February 26, 2019. We provide a community progress update, talk a bit about the tech lead role, and then dive into our topic of the week. The week we explored the…
7 - Deep Dive on Taking Initiative - the First Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads
Feb 26 • 5 min
This week we’re building on last Friday’s (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Tuesday and we’re going to talk about what taking initiative means in the context of your tech leadership.…
6 - Deep Dive on Listening - the First Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads
Feb 25 • 8 min
Over the weekend, Michael made a ton of progress in pulling together the coaching network guides for both tech leads and coaches. So this week we’re going to build on Friday’s (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into…
5 - Summary of the Five, Core Tech Lead Capabilities
Feb 22 • 11 min
It’s Friday, Tech Leads! 🎉 You made it through the whole week and so did we. In this episode we give you a lot to meditate on over the weekend: the five, core tech lead Pareto skills — those 20% of skills that will have 80% of the impact. SEGMENTS- 0:05 -…
4 - On Being a Principal Engineer
Feb 21 • 7 min
In our fourth podcast, we review a wonderful post from Silvia Botros: On Being a Principal Engineer. Silvia has a lot of great insights for those interested in furthering their tech leadership, and we pull out the tidbits that we think the Tech Lead…
TECH LEAD TUESDAYS - Morning Rush Hour Drive Recording - Feb. 19, 2019
Feb 21 • 20 min
Recording from our weekly Tuesday conference call on February 19, 2019. We provide a community progress update, talk a bit about the tech lead role, and then dive into our topic of the week. This week was an exploration of the first three levels of John…
No 3. - Bring Your Whole Self to the Meeting and Have a Bigger Impact
Feb 20 • 8 min
In our third podcast, we talk about how important your non-verbal communication signals are. This is something new and experienced tech leads overlook all the time, but we give you an easy hack to bring your best leadership into your next meeting!…
2 - Focus On Your Progress As You Grow in the Tech Lead Role
Feb 19 • 6 min
On our second podcast, we give you some ideas about how to step into those leadership roles with a little more confidence and a little less anxiety: by focusing more on your progress as you grow into the tech lead role instead of the outcomes. SEGMENTS -…
1 - Leadership Is Not a Role, It’s a Moment
Feb 18 • 6 min
On our first podcast (No. 1 🎉), we say leadership isn’t a role or a title. Instead, it’s a bunch of moments strung together that you can choose to show up and step into, even when you’re uncomfortable. SEGMENTS- 0:10 - intro to the tech lead coaching…
TECH LEAD TUESDAYS - Morning Rush Hour Drive - Feb. 12, 2019
Feb 12 • 29 min
Recording from our weekly Tuesday conference call. We provide a community progress update, talk a bit about the tech lead role, and dive into the five Pareto skills - the 20% of skills we think will have have 80% of the impact and how you can grow them.