Being a Bad Influence – The Dangerous Dichotomies of People Management

Humans are complicated unpredictable creatures. As managers and leaders we need to be consistent, yet flexible. Strong, yet vulnerable. Caring, yet authoritative. We need to be so many things that it's often hard to be ourselves - but don’t forget to also be authentic!

In this talk Hannah will share the nightmares of people management, recount some of the mistakes she's made and share the lessons learnt along the way.

What is the focus of your work these days?

I work at the intersection of Developer Experience and Security so I'm very focussed on finding ways to make it easy for developers to adopt good security practices. 

What’s the motivation for your talk?

My talk is not about Developer Experience or Security, but you can ask me about those in the hallway track. I'll be sharing some of the challenges I've encountered as a manager and a director in the hope that sharing my mistakes and struggles will help others. Humans are messy and so managing humans is necessarily messy too. Hopefully I can provide some new insights that even the more experienced leaders in the audience can take away and implement! 

How would you describe the persona and level of the target audience?

This talk is suitable for everyone! New and experienced managers will certainly have a lot of gain but this is fundamentally about leadership and everyone has the potential to be a leader. If you care about DEI, team morale, building community, navigating conflict or leading projects this talk will help you! You don't have to be a manager! 

What do you want this persona to walk away with from your presentation?

My hope is always to deliver a light bulb moment, an idea that makes a difficult situation easier, inspires the courage to try something new or prompts a positive change.


Hannah Foxwell

Product Director @Snyk

Hannah Foxwell is Product Director at Snyk. With over a decade of DevOps behind us, Hannah continues to champion the human and cultural elements of technology transformation, shining a light on the engineering practices that make life better for the people involved. Hannah is co-organiser for DevOpsDays London and is an Open UK ambassador.

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Tuesday Apr 9 / 01:35PM BST ( 50 minutes )


Fleming (3rd Fl.)


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