Lena Reinhard

Vice President of Product Engineering @CircleCI

Lena Reinhard is VP Product Engineering at CircleCI, the leader in continuous integration and delivery for developer teams. In her 15+ year career, she’s been building and scaling high-performing engineering organisations and helping distributed teams succeed, starting with her own startup to corporates and NGOs.

Lena is an acclaimed international keynote speaker on topics like leadership, DevOps transformation, and organisational scale, at conferences such as O’Reilly Velocity, The Lead Developer, and CTO Summit. She is passionate about helping teams increase their effectiveness and business impact, and scaling culture for organisational performance and health.

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Session

What Engineering Teams Need From Leaders Right Now

Technical leadership. Hands-on coding. Process management. Project management. Delivery. People management & development. Architecture decisions. Product oversight. Hiring.—With so many things on an engineering manager’s plate, what do they actually need to be successful? And how can they best help engineers, teams, and organizations succeed? –  

In this talk, I will review skills and tools for engineering managers to help them lead teams successfully, and explore what it means to show up as a leader now. You will leave this talk with frameworks to guide your thinking and execution, as well as away practical tips that you can apply in your daily work with individual engineers, teams, and organizations.

Date

Wednesday Nov 11 / 09:00AM PST (40 minutes)

Track

Non-Technical Skills for Technical Folks

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The Continuous Integration Approach to Engineering Leadership

Sometimes the most powerful tool for teams is confidence, but especially during times of rapid change and uncertainty, it can be hard to come by.

Confidence in their code. Confidence in their processes. Confidence in their organization. This is why it’s more important than ever that today’s leaders know when to pull themselves out to create and maintain sight of the bigger picture – and are confident in their ability to continuously evolve.

With the right leadership mindset and systems in place, it’s possible for teams of all sizes, across all timezones, to measure confidently, identify failures quickly, and make informed changes. 

In this session, attendees will learn: 

  • How to create a culture of visibility and accountability in fast-growing organizations
  • Practical tips for leading teams to effectively set goals, pivot, navigate change and continuously learn 
  • CI-based leadership frameworks that create faster feedback loops for teams  

Date

Wednesday May 26 / 07:10AM PDT (40 minutes)

Track

Optimizing Your Organization for Speed

Topics

Organizational PatternsLeadershipCulture

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