Skip to content

Speaker Panel on Transition from Individual Contributor to Engineering LEADER

Photo of
Hosted By
Kimberly W.
Speaker Panel on Transition from Individual Contributor to Engineering LEADER



HYBRID . . . LOCATION: * Meet in person at Varian Medical Cafeteria
3100 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, CA 94304, United States
. . . Zoom to be sent out to registered attendees the day prior as it will be

TOPIC: We'll ask our panelists to share stories of the transition from individual contributor to first time manager/leader.


  • Steve McConnell - Preview Steve's insights HERE.
  • Ron Lichty
  • ?Bill Lennan (TBD - he volunteered last August)
  • ??? Anyone else?


5:30 - 6:00 Networking - Arrive early and hang out with us!
6:00 - 6:10 Intro & Community announcements
6:10 - 7:10 Presentation
7:10 - 7:20 Breakout Groups: Discuss the event, ID your group's question
7:20 - 7:30 Q&A
7:30 - 7:45 Closing
8:00 - Clean up, clear out and go home!


STEVE MCCONNELL is best known as the author of Code Complete, a software industry classic that is one of the best-reviewed, best-selling software development books of all time. Steve has been recognized as one of the world’s leading software development experts for more than two decades and has worked with hundreds of software leaders in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to garage start-ups. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry, along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds. In 2019, the Forbes Technology Council named Code Complete “the single best cornerstone book on good software development.” Steve has been quoted in The Economist, The New York Times, The Guardian, and other major publications. Steve’s books have sold more than 1 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. His most recent book is More Effective Agile: A Roadmap for Software Leaders.

RON LICHTY wrote the book on becoming/being a software development first-level manager, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams (one of just a dozen books devoted to the topic, ), which addresses the management, leadership, mentoring and coaching challenges to the role. After a half dozen years of serious systems programming, he was recruited to manage teams at Apple, later growing his career through Director of Development and VP Engineering and CTO roles in startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. As Ron Lichty Consulting, the past 10 years, he takes on fractional Interim VP Engineering roles, trains teams and executives to make their process more effectively agile, coaches leaders in managing software people and teams to make their software development “hum”, and assesses technology organizations to make their product development more effective and their customers more delighted.




CTO Connection: The answers are already out there — they’re just not evenly distributed! Free online CTO Summits with presentations from the VPEs, CTOs or technical founders of some great companies! Whether you want advice on building your dream team, improving resilience, creating a compelling culture or trends for technologists, we have a relevant series of concise, events to support your needs.

The Mentoring Club - Mentoring solutions for SVELC members who want to BE a mentor or who want to BE MENTORED.

SheTO . . . DivHERsity - Are you a female or non-binary technologist? Then you’ve come to the right place! Whether you are looking for a mentor, want to improve your network, meet some amazing tech leaders, want to lean on others like you for help and support, or simply just want to give back to others and join our community, apply below. We are a mission driven not-for-profit company. Everything we do is free!

Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community
Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community
See more events