Engineering Leadership for All

In today's rapidly evolving tech landscape, leadership isn't confined to those with a traditional managerial background. This track delves deep into the heart of modern leadership practices tailored for the dynamic world of software engineering. Whether you've recently stepped into a leadership role, aspire to, or are merely curious about how to influence your projects and peers better, this track is your gateway to transformative engineering leadership.

From this track

Session Engineering Management

Help: I Didn’t Realize I Was a Manager Now!

Monday Apr 8 / 10:35AM BST

The highest performing companies in every industry, like Apple, adhere to the principle of Experts leading Experts. As Apple says "it's easier to train an expert to manage well than to train a manager to be an expert".

Speaker image - Peter  Gillard-Moss

Peter Gillard-Moss

Senior Engineering Manager @DeepL, Previously Head of Technology @thoughtworks, Technology Leader with 20+ Years Experience

Session staff+

Navigators: Decentralizing Decisions and Empowering ICs at Carta

Monday Apr 8 / 11:45AM BST

As organizations grow, maintaining communication channels between individual contributors (ICs), managers, and executives is vital. At Carta, we have harnessed the power of this small group of senior engineers to bridge the gap between innovation and executive decision-making.

Speaker image - Shawna Martell

Shawna Martell

Senior Staff Engineer @Carta

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Dan Fike

Deputy to the CTO @Carta


The Art, Science and Psychology of Decision Making

Monday Apr 8 / 01:35PM BST

An exploration into the science behind decision-making, and tips and tricks to improve your ability to make sound personal and professional choices.

Speaker image - Hannes Ricklefs

Hannes Ricklefs

Head of Architectures @BBC

Session leadership

Small Actions, Big Impact: Catalyzing Change in Groups

Monday Apr 8 / 02:45PM BST

In the dynamic landscape of software engineering, the power to effect change does not lie in grand and colorful strategies but in the cumulative influence of small, strategic actions within teams and organizations.

Speaker image - Eb Ikonne

Eb Ikonne

Associate Vice President Product & Engineering @Cox Automotive, Author of "Becoming a Leader in Product Development", & Spreading Joy Through "Joy at Work"


Connecting the Dots: Engineering Leadership (Limited Space - Registration Required)

Monday Apr 8 / 03:55PM BST

Join some leading experts in engineering leadership to share your challenges, hear from others who have similar challenges, and collaborate together on ways to take what you’ve learned at QCon back to work. (Limited Space - Registration Required)


Data, Drugs, and Disruption: Leading High-Performance Company in Drug Development

Monday Apr 8 / 05:05PM BST

Ever wonder how to find inspiration and leadership drive to transform your cutting-edge engineering idea into a viable technology powered business?

Speaker image - Dr. Olga Kubassova

Dr. Olga Kubassova

President @IAG, Image Analysis Group


Monday Apr 8 / 10:35AM BST


Track Host

Tanja Lichtensteiger

Director of Product Engineering @BBC

Tanja serves as the Director of Product Engineering at the BBC, where she leads Software Engineering and Architecture for a diverse range of BBC Digital Products. This includes high-profile offerings like BBC News, Sport, iPlayer, Sounds, and Children apps, available on web, mobile and TV platforms, enriching the daily experiences of millions worldwide.

Tanja is a seasoned technology and people leader with over 23 years of software engineering experience across international IT sectors. Her expertise spans diverse industries, from broadcast and gaming to retail and education, covering startups to blue-chip companies. She collaborates closely with businesses to craft and implement strategies that drive meaningful change and sustainable growth through technology, delivering tangible results.

Tanja believes in Tech’s positive impact and potential force for good on people’s lives and our futures. She is a frequent public speaker and supports events, which encourage and motivate youth, women and minorities to get involved in technology. For her it is also about making an impact on Engineering Culture and helping people become better technologists and human beings.

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