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Engineering Management in 90 Minutes

7 fundamental techniques you can apply immediately to excel in your new role

Topic: System Administration
Kate Wardin

If you recently transitioned from an engineering role to a people manager, you may be struggling with the psychological shift that comes with pivoting your focus from computer science to people science. But even if you’ve managed the move so far with ease, mastering a few key techniques can ensure you feel more prepared and confident leading your technical team.

Expert Kate Wardin walks you through seven fundamental techniques that will help you navigate the complexities of engineering management. Topics include giving effective feedback, building relationships with business partners and your team, the importance of diversity and inclusion in your development teams, and more. Join in to gain a deeper understanding of your new role—and learn practical tips you can apply immediately.

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

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

  • A high-level approach to giving effective and actionable feedback
  • Tactical techniques to manage your time effectively
  • Tips and tricks for building an effective developer onboarding experience
  • Ways to empower your team members to ensure they reach (and surpass) their full potential
  • Strategies for fostering diverse and inclusive teams

And you’ll be able to:

  • Facilitate straightforward, productive, and enjoyable one-on-ones
  • Identify key focus areas to be an effective engineering manager and leader for your team’s unique needs

This training course is for you because...

  • You’re an engineering manager, or you work with engineering teams.
  • You want to become a confident, inspiring leader.


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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: Why is effective technical leadership important? (10 minutes)

Presentation: Removing blockers (10 minutes)

Presentation: Empowering your team (5 minutes)

Presentation: Share credit, take blame (5 minutes)

Presentation: Leading diverse and inclusive teams (10 minutes)

Presentation: Practicing vulnerability and authenticity (5 minutes)

Presentation: Time management (5 minutes)

Presentation: Practicing essential communication skills (10 minutes)

Wrap-up and Q&A (30 minutes)