Avoiding the Pitfalls of “Non-Technical” Managers

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Technology is really complicated and changes every day. Even leaders with a technical background and deep understanding have trouble keeping up - it’s virtually impossible to be an expert on every single aspect of a product.

How can you help your team if you have no idea what anyone is talking about? Engineers and developers have all experienced the frustration and difficulties in being led by someone deemed “non-technical,” from unrealistic deadlines or solutions being promised to the customer, to a lack of trust and complete breakdown in communication. Explore how to create a culture of learning, form a cross-functional team, and play to your strengths. Start by removing the boundary between “technical” and “non-technical” and being specific with the skillsets, history, and experience all of your team members are bringing to the table. At the end of the day, everyone appreciates a good manager no matter what technical skills they may or may not have.

Join us as we learn from Victoria Guido, Operations Manager at Blackstone Technology Group's Federal division. Victoria lives to inspire change, compassion, and curiosity in upcoming leaders in technology. She leads several local technology and management communities in the DC area, including DevOps DC, Women Who Code, DC Atlassian User Group, and the Project Management Institute. With over 12 years of experience in IT in a broad range of roles, she has led major cloud, cybersecurity, and agile software development projects for large Federal Agencies and private financial institutions. Follow her on twitter at @victori_ousg!

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6:00 - 6:30 Arrive, mingle, dinner
6:30 - 8:00 Presentation/Discussion
8:00 - 8:15 Q&A, One-on-One Relational exercise