Tech Lead Coaching Network

49 EpisodesProduced by Michael Rice

Being a tech lead is hard! We're a volunteer-based community of tech leads who support each other. In this podcast, you'll get quick tips and ideas for your role as a tech lead, posted daily (M-F). Join us at techleadcoaching.com - all free, community based, and open sourced.

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No. 46 - It's Monday. Find the Right Mental Attitude Anyway, Tech Leads

April 22nd, 2019

7:36

It's Monday and you need some motivation. So do I. In this episode, I give you some ideas about why being negative is so lame and an idea about how …

No. 45 - Refactoring Anxieties - You Can Help, Tech Leads!

April 19th, 2019

9:44

Rambling post today about about what it means to stress out about code as a junior developer as you're refactoring, how you can help as a tech lead, and why it's important that you do!


The post I mention in the pod is …

No. 44 - You Don't Know the Tech Lead Coaching Network!

April 18th, 2019

11:57

Hey tech leads: wanna tell you about the Tech Lead Coaching Network: we've got case study workshops. We've got peer to peer coaching network (join!!). We've got the podcast (you know me). And we've got a Tech Lead …

No. 43 - Embrace Conflict On Your Team--It's a Big Leadership Moment, Tech Leads!

April 17th, 2019

9:42

Not all conflict has to be bad and not all conflict has to turn toxic. Let's discuss stepping into that moment tech leads!


Don't forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now!

No. 42 - It's OK If You Have To Repeat Yourself, Tech Leads!

April 16th, 2019

6:23

Your engineers will forget the vision, no matter how compelling it is. So it's ok if you have to repeat yourself! DO IT!


Don't forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now!

No. 41 - Tech Leads: Focus On What You Can Control, Not What You Can't

April 15th, 2019

5:04

It's Monday and it's Tax Day and there's nothing you can do about it. Focus on what you CAN control tech leads!


Don't forget to download our free …

No. 40 - Tech Leads Always Get Some Kind of Result. What Are you Getting?

April 12th, 2019

8:06

You are going to get results no matter what you do. The question is what kind are you going to get?


Don't forget to download our free new book, How …

No. 39 - You Need Coaching, Tech Leads :-)

April 11th, 2019

7:52

In today's episode I want you to consider joining the coaching network--no matter where you are!


Don't forget to download our free new book, How To Be a Tech Lead now! https://leanpub.com/how-to-be-a-tech-lead/  And …

No. 38 - What's Better? Slack or Real Life Meetings? Weigh In Tech Leads

April 10th, 2019

15:09

Let's talk about what's better: real life meetings or Slack based meetings? And when is which one better?

Blogs I mentioned:

No. 37 - Be a Great Vision Crafter Tech Leads!

April 9th, 2019

9:32

Let's do another deep dive on crafting compelling visions by exploring the WHY of the vision - even for something as mundane as a Redis upgrade to the (currently) mythical version 6. I even talk about Simon Sinek.


No. 36 - Published! How To Be A Tech Lead, The Book, Is Now Available - Free!

April 8th, 2019

6:29

Our book is now available for download! Years in the making, we hope this is a useful guide for new and experienced tech leads. 


If it's not, share …

No. 35 - Finding Certainty in the Uncertain Tech Lead Role

April 5th, 2019

5:07

As a new tech lead (or even an experienced one), there are lots of moments of uncertainty. In this short episode, we talk about frankly about it and …

No. 34 - Tech Leads: You Need to Craft Clear and Compelling Technical Visions. Let's Talk About How.

April 4th, 2019

6:48

Being clear about the vision you have for your project or initiative is a key tech lead capability. Bonus points for making it compelling. Let's …

No. 33 - How Much Energy Are You Bringing Tech Leads?

April 3rd, 2019

6:26

The best tech leads bring a lot of energy to the role. This is the first time I've really emphasized it to you so give it a listen and let me know …

No. 32 - Hey Tech Leads, Start Tracking and Adjusting!

April 2nd, 2019

8:14

You aren't going to see "tracking and adjusting" on any tech lead job descriptions, but it's a critically important capability. Let's spend a few minutes exploring it today. This one got recorded while I was on spring …

No. 31 - Announcing Our New, Free Book: How to be a Tech Lead

April 1st, 2019

9:32

It's been a long weekend of writing, but we're excited to announce that our new book, How to be a Tech Lead, will be available within a few days. Totally free.


Get notified on Leanpub here:

No. 30 - Anand's Tech Lead Journey (part 2/2)

March 29th, 2019

9:51

In this episode, we continue Anand's story. Anand is a fictional first time tech lead, and these are his first few weeks. In this episode (2/2), Anand talked to his coach and turns the project around.


Being a tech lead …

No. 29 - Anand's Tech Lead Journey (part 1/2)

March 28th, 2019

8:01

In this episode, we explore Anand's story. Anand is a fictional first time tech lead, and these are his first few weeks. Warning: gonna leave you hanging until tomorrow to hear how it turns out!


Being a tech lead is …

No. 28 - I Was a Totally Mediocre Tech Lead

March 27th, 2019

9:08

Thought the middle of the week was a good time to share that I WAS A TOTALLY MEDIOCRE TECH LEAD. In this little episode, I share the story of how I thought the pinnacle of my accomplishments as a tech lead were all …

No. 27 - Why You Can't Seem to Listen as a Tech Lead

March 26th, 2019

7:21

As a tech lead, you probably have all kind of things going on that block your ability to listen despite the fact that yesterday, Episode 26, we said …

No. 26 - Hey Tech Lead, Listening is Your Most Important Skill

March 25th, 2019

10:04

The ground zero foundation of your tech lead role is how well you can listen to the team. Almost everything else flows from your ability to listen to …

No. 25 - Leadership Moments - Step Into Them Tech Leads!

March 22nd, 2019

7:05

Leadership isn't a role a title. It's something you DO when there's a leadership moment. The question is (1) will you step into it and (2) do you …

No. 24 - Why Clear and Compelling Visions Are So Important!

March 21st, 2019

9:05

We hammer on the idea that you need to be able to articulate clear visions, make them compelling, and repeat them often. In this episode, we explore …

No. 23 - Take Initiative w/ Your Relationships Tech Leads!

March 20th, 2019

7:36

Humans are like cars, they're running all the time and need maintenance. Don't ignore it tech leads! Take initiative with your relationships at work.

No. 22 - I Love Meetings and You Can Too

March 19th, 2019

7:33

I know, I know, meetings are supposed to be the root of all evil. But now that you're a tech lead, there are a lot of reasons why meetings are super …

No. 21 - Two Types of Tech Lead Coaching - Real and Fake

March 18th, 2019

7:05

Let's call it Mode 1 and Mode 2 coaching. In Mode 1, organizations want to adopt a "coaching" management style, but it can come across as …

No. 20 - No, Really, Do You ACTUALLY Want to be a Tech Lead??

March 15th, 2019

9:44

STEPPING UP TO BE A TECH LEAD IS MAYBE YOUR BIGGEST CAREER MOVE. Let's close the loop on last Friday's episode, and explore whether you really want to to it.


After you listen to this episode, lighten up - it's Friday, …

No. 19 - Take the Anxiety Out of Taking Action with the Success Cycle

March 14th, 2019

8:08

Hey tech leads, I know that taking action by stepping into leadership moments can stress you out. What if you fail? What if you're doing the wrong …

No. 18 - Lead From the Front Tech Leads!

March 13th, 2019

8:28

You should absolutely be focused on listening and collaborating, but when it's time to lead, it's time for you to create a vision and lead from the …

No. 17 - Tech Leads - A Broader Skillset

March 12th, 2019

9:55

Let's talk about one tech lead's experience from Patrick Kua's Talking With Tech Leads. In this episode we talk about some of her challenges and try to think through some of the questions a tech lead coach might ask.


No. 16 - What Do Tech Leads Do?

March 11th, 2019

8:31

What do tech leads actually do in the role? In Episode 15 we asked if you actually want to be a tech lead, but we probably should have started with …

No. 15 - Do You Actually Want to Be a Tech Lead?

March 8th, 2019

10:43

Are you in a tech lead role? Do you actually want to be? Are you hoping to be in one? Do you think you need to wait for someone else to call you a …

No. 14 - How to Say Yes but Actually Say No

March 7th, 2019

8:17

In this quirky episode, we share why there are times when you may not want to say "no" to your boss (or even, "yes, but") and how to navigate that conversation to the outcome you want :-)


We're on a mission to make …

No. 13 - Your Feedback Wanted: Free Tech Lead 101 Training?

March 6th, 2019

7:49

Thinking about hosting some free Tech Lead 101 training. Would love your insight or feedback on whether you think it would be helpful or whether you …

No. 12 - Intro to Patrick Kua's *Talking with Tech Leads*

March 5th, 2019

6:57

In this short episode, we want to turn you on to a book that too few tech leads know about: Patrick Kua's Talking with Tech Leads. It's been around …

No. 11 - Hey Tech Lead, It's OK to Tell People What to Do :-)

March 4th, 2019

7:30

We overlooked a key job requirement of being a tech lead. Sometimes you have to tell people what to do, ask them to do something different, or just tell them "no." These are hard conversations, but you can do it! Let's …

No. 10 - Deep Dive on Your Growth Mindset - the Last Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads

March 1st, 2019

7:46

This week we're building on last Friday's (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Friday and we're talking about the last one: your individual growth mindset …

No. 9 - Deep Dive on Tracking and Adjusting - the Fourth Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads

February 28th, 2019

7:27

This week we're building on last Friday's (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Thursday and we're talking about tracking and adjusting.


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No. 8 - Deep Dive on Framing a Vision - the Third Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads

February 27th, 2019

8:37

This week we're building on last Friday's (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Wednesday and we're talking about what defining a clear, compelling vision …

TECH LEAD TUESDAYS - Morning Rush Hour Drive Recording - Feb. 26, 2019

February 27th, 2019

22:54

Live conference call recording from our weekly LA TECH LEAD TUESDAY Conference Call on February 26, 2019. We provide a community progress update, …

No. 7 - Deep Dive on Taking Initiative - the First Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads

February 26th, 2019

5:49

This week we're building on last Friday's (No. 5) overview of the five Pareto-based tech lead skills and deep dive into each of them. Today is Tuesday and we're going to talk about what taking initiative means in the …

No. 6 - Deep Dive on Listening - the First Pareto Capability for Impactful Tech Leads

February 25th, 2019

8:50

Over the weekend, Michael made a ton of progress in pulling together the coaching network guides for both tech leads and coaches. So this week we're …

No. 5 - Summary of the Five, Core Tech Lead Capabilities

February 22nd, 2019

11:15

It's Friday, Tech Leads! 🎉 You made it through the whole week and so did we. In this episode we give you a lot to meditate on over the weekend: the …

No. 4 - On Being a Principal Engineer

February 21st, 2019

7:39

In our fourth podcast, we review a wonderful post from Silvia Botros: On Being a Principal Engineer. Silvia has a lot of great insights for those …

TECH LEAD TUESDAYS - Morning Rush Hour Drive Recording - Feb. 19, 2019

February 21st, 2019

20:09

Recording from our weekly Tuesday conference call on February 19, 2019. We provide a community progress update, talk a bit about the tech lead role, …

No 3. - Bring Your Whole Self to the Meeting and Have a Bigger Impact

February 20th, 2019

8:39

In our third podcast, we talk about how important your non-verbal communication signals are. This is something new and experienced tech leads overlook all the time, but we give you an easy hack to bring your best …

No. 2 - Focus On Your Progress As You Grow in the Tech Lead Role

February 19th, 2019

6:12

On our second podcast, we give you some ideas about how to step into those leadership roles with a little more confidence and a little less anxiety:

No. 1 - Leadership Is Not a Role, It’s a Moment

February 18th, 2019

6:44

On our first podcast (No. 1 🎉), we say leadership isn’t a role or a title. Instead, it’s a bunch of moments strung together that you can choose to …

TECH LEAD TUESDAYS - Morning Rush Hour Drive - Feb. 12, 2019

February 13th, 2019

29:05

Recording from our weekly Tuesday conference call. We provide a community progress update, talk a bit about the tech lead role, and dive into the …

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