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90 Minutes to Giving Effective Feedback

Tips for new technical leaders

Topic: Business
Kate Wardin

Giving feedback, discussing career goals, and facilitating (nonawkward) one-on-ones are quite often intimidating tasks for a new technical leader. But with practice and a few time-tested techniques, you can tackle them with ease.

Learn more about the way you naturally communicate and discover how to use this information give better feedback. Expert Kate Wardin shares tips to identify social styles, a simple framework to provide actionable feedback, common red flags to watch out for, and advice on how to quickly course correct on a dev team. You’ll leave with a template for giving feedback you can tie directly to a situation you’re currently facing as well as plenty of examples that you can leverage in the future.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • Your unique communication style and potential blind spots in your ability to lead effectively
  • Key characteristics and a simple formula for giving effective feedback
  • Conversation templates to facilitating career discussions with software engineers

And you’ll be able to:

  • Confidently provide constructive and positive feedback
  • Facilitate straightforward, productive, and enjoyable one-on-ones
  • Alter your communication style to build stronger relationships with others

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re an engineering manager, tech lead, principal engineer, or software architect, or you work with engineering teams.
  • You want to become a confident leader.

About your instructor

  • Kate Wardin is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN. She has a Bachelor's of Information Systems and Interpersonal Communication and a Master's of Software Management from the University of St. Thomas.

    Outside of her day job, she enjoys organizing events that enable young women to develop a passion and build confidence for future careers in technology.

    She also enjoys disrupting the norms of traditional leadership by spending time researching, testing out, and advocating for various techniques to tenaciously put developers first. In 2019, she founded Developer First to provide resources and strategies for effective technical leadership.

    Kate's materials are formed via extensive research and experience but do not represent the views of Target Corp.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Presentation: Introduction to giving effective feedback (5 minutes)

Hands-on exercise: Complete the social style questionnaire (5 minutes)

Group discussion: Social styles (10 minutes)

Presentation: Feedback approaches (5 minutes)

Hands-on exercise: Practice giving feedback (10 minutes)

Presentation: Red flags on development teams to watch out for (5 minutes)

Presentation: Tips and tools for career conversations (5 minutes)

Wrap-up and Q&A (15 minutes)