What we’re about
ManageOps is a new, regular meetup aimed at people working in technology leadership. You might be an engineering manager, a tech lead, or anybody else interested in how to run software teams and build technical excellence in your organisation.
Hosted by Steve Heyes of Birdie and Matt Andrews of the Economist, each event will feature an informal talk by a member of the engineering management community, with space for Q&A and discussion. We'll also open the floor to a round table discussion on a given topic each month (eg. recruitment and retention, salary banding and promotion, how to manage performance etc) where attendees can discuss their challenges and learnings and get feedback and support from their peers.
ManageOps is a safe space to discuss these issues in confidence – we want attendees to feel able to discuss things openly with their peers, so we're sticking to Chatham House Rule. We also have a code of conduct to discourage poor behaviour or anything that makes people feel unsafe.
We welcome anybody from any technical role or industry, whether you have management experience or are just curious about the role and want to learn more. If you want to improve your engineering leadership skills and meet peers across the West Midlands, then ManageOps is for you.
Upcoming events (1)See all
- ManageOps - 5th March 2024The Jointworks, Birmingham
We're excited to be back for the first spring time ManageOps! This month we will have a talk from Max Woolf. Max is a Staff Backend Engineer at GitLab and will be speaking on "Managing a Remote Team - Stories from the WFH front line"
"From the outside being a remote Engineering Manager could seem more difficult than managing a co-located team." Max said when talking to him about this talk. "In this talk, I'll walk you through both why that doesn't have to be true, and I'll give some things you can do straight away to be a better remote manager of ICs like me."
We will also have our round table (so come prepared with questions to ask) with food and drink. It's always a great night, where everyone goes away with some nugget to think about or implement.
This event is aimed at people working in tech leadership, whether as an Engineering Manager, technical lead or any other role involving leadership, development and support of others. We'll have a talk from a community tech leader, with space for Q&A and discussion afterwards.After the main speaker, we'll have more space with a roundtable chat about a hot topic of the month – help us decide what this should be on the night.
So do you need guidance on hiring strategies, managing 1:1s, implementing complex policies like on-call or other leadership challenges? Would you like to hear from your peers in the West Midlands about how their organisations are responding to the remote/in-office debate? Let us know.
ManageOps is generously supported by TechMids, who help us promote and organise the event, and Substrakt, who kindly provide food and drinks during the event – we’re also very grateful to the team at the Jointworks for providing their lovely venue to host us.
ManageOps is set up to be shaped by you, its attendees – come along and help define what a meetup for technical leaders (or those aspiring to this role) should be. Excited to see you there!