"I fantasized about giving up management and coding again."

Tell me if this sounds familiar.

You were a senior developer... then the team expanded and your manager made you a tech lead responsible for six developers, where you feel completely lost in this new role.

All you used to do was write and test code, and occasionally help others (like PMs or designers)  with some decisions.

Now, you don't write code.  At least not like before.

With this new role, you have to juggle many kinds of people, and it seems impossible to keep them all happy.

It was easier to work as an individual contributor, but now your boss and the team are counting on you.

You're feeling unsure of what you're doing, or where to start, and you're lost in your new role.

It doesn't have to be this way

Yet, some people have this job figured out. You see them around you, and at conferences.

A leader who has built a team they can trust to deliver on their promises.

Where the leader doesn't have to resort to threats or rewards to motivate the team.

A leader who's trusted and admired by their team.

And they have built a team where everyone's pulling together.

A team where everyone is working on the most important problems.

A team that goes beyond agile practices to joyfully cooperate.

Become a Better Technical Leader

A Real-World Engineering Leadership Workshop

This isn't a workshop filled with leadership theory that you'll never apply.

This is a hands-on workshop that will leave you with practical ideas and solutions for improving the real-live team you already have.

And, we can't stand listening to lecturers drone on-and-on... so we don't do it!  In fact, our "No Hand Cramp" workshop style means you'll spend time problem-solving, talking, listening, observing, thinking and discussing instead of frantically taking notes (and falling asleep after lunch!)

You'll participate in engineering simulations which will challenge you and create "sticky" lessons that you'll take back to your team.

Frankly... most people who come to these workshops ask us to conduct them for their teams after they finish.  They understand that "leadership" doesn't only come from the top, but is something everyone can learn.

Sound about right?
In our two-day workshop, you will learn how to stop drowning and start swimming so that you can go home at a reasonable time, and quit working until midnight. Here are some of the modules we cover:

The Workshop's Agenda

Day 1, Morning
Leading Learning and Change

Day 1, Afternoon
Building Productive Engineering Environments

Day 2, Morning
Improving Communication about Requirements and Design

Day 2, Afternoon
Improving Silos and Low-bandwidth Communications

Day 1

8am - 9am

9am - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 5:30pm

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Registration & Breakfast (provided by us)

Leading Team Learning and Change

  • Learn the difference between leading and managing
  • Understand why change is hard, and how to help your team navigate it
  • Uncover how to introduce self-forming project teams to your organization
  • Use the Piaget learning cycle to build personal and team improvements
  • Connect hands-on design exercises to real-world situations

Lunch (provided by us)

Building Productive Engineering Environments

  • Learn the MOI(J) model of leadership
  • Put your teams ideas into practice in the real-world
  • Hone your observation and feedback skills
  • Improve your retrospective and structured debriefing skills

No-host dinner a local eatery (arranged by us)

Day 2

8am - 9am

9am - 12:30pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 5:30pm

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Registration & Breakfast (provided by us)

Improve Communication about Requirements and Architecture

  • Observe the impact of time pressure on technical communications
  • Improve communication about complex technical tasks
  • Understand the cost of assimilating new members into a team
  • Identify real-world areas of improvement for your team’s communication practice

Lunch (provided by us)

Removing Silos and Low-Bandwidth Communication

  • Improve communication with remote engineers
  • Understand the role of conversation in communication
  • Observe the effects of silos on team motivation
  • Observe the effects of Management by Walking Around
  • Build proficiency in leading through asking, rather than telling

No-host dinner a local eatery (arranged by us)

2018 Workshop Dates

Medford, OR

March 15-16, 2018

San Fransisco, CA

March 22-23, 2018

Denver, CO

April 19-20, 2018

Portland, OR

May 3-4, 2018

More to come!

(Each workshop is limited to 30 participants.  No exceptions.)

Prices

Early Bird Prices (more than 30 days before event): $2,099

Regular Prices: $2,399

Last Minute Prices (less than 5 days before event): $2,899

Our "You Gotta Love It" Guarantee

All our workshops offer "You Gotta Love It" 100% Money back guarantee. If you attend and feel the workshop was a waste of your money and time, we will issue a full refund, no questions asked. If you're not happy, we don't get paid. It's as simple as that.

What Past Attendees Said

The training was expensive, but was it worth the expense?  Absolutely.  The techniques, practices, and methods devised to place us in a hands-on learning environment were amazing.  

They created a healthy environment for us to learn. The most helpful thing for me was to practice observing myself.  This is truly the fundamental starting point for change.

-- Tim Johnson, IT Manager

The training was expensive, but was it worth the expense?  Absolutely.  The techniques, practices, and methods devised to place us in a hands-on learning environment were amazing.  

They created a healthy environment for us to learn. The most helpful thing for me was to practice observing myself.  This is truly the fundamental starting point for change.

-- Michael Alotti, Software Development Manager

I wouldn't have come if my company hadn't paid for it, but it turned out to be an amazing workshop!  

I feel it would be really helpful for teams to go through the activities together, to surface issues that they may be encountering in real life.  

I will be recommending this to my company!!

-- Denise Frey, Software Team Lead

I require every new manager that reports to me to sign up for Marcus's newsletter and often discuss it in staff meetings. Leadership with a capital "L" is a real part of the discipline I now bring to the coaching experience with my team.  

I continue to work one-on-one with Marcus to this day, and I hope I will always be able to lean on him and dialog about challenges.

He is worth way more than you can ever pay him.

-- Andrew Coven, Senior Director of Platform Engineering, Box.com

Amenities Provided

food

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided each day.

vegan

Vegan/vegetarian options provided.

dinner

No-host dinner each night where we can discuss what we learned.

journal

Journals, pens and a copy of Becoming a Technical Leader are provided to each participant.

Sounds good, but...

I'm too busy to put something new into practice.

It might seem like you’re too busy to take another class, another training, or implement another practice, but that’s short-sighted.  It’s not difficult to imagine how busy you will be if your team can't deliver on time. If you’re already “too busy”, building a high-performance environment is one of your most important initiatives.

This seems expensive

Compared to what?  Take a moment and measure the cost poor motivation and turnover...

  • Wasting days (or weeks) on petty conflicts
  • Politics and "not my job" excuses
  • Late, incomplete or poor quality software products
  • Losing the confidence of your customers, users, and boss
  • Late nights spent playing "parent" to developers who can't get along
  • Skyrocketing training cost due to high turnover

The back of the napkin calculations shows that if your team ships only 10% more software this year, you're saving 10x - 50x the cost of this training.

I'll be unable to put these ideas into practice where I work.

Nah!  If you can learn to code (a completely foreign thing to humans!) you can learn to build a productive work environment.  This isn’t rocket science, and like any skill, it can be learned with a bit of practice.

How do I know you are qualified to teach this?

I've been hiring and leading software teams for 16 years at global enterprises, start-ups and my own software company.  I've helped hundreds of managers retain their most valuable employees and become the leaders their team deserves.

I don't have the authority to make changes needed to keep my developers happy.

Your boss doesn’t want to see turnover either, so he’s also motivated to keep your best people.  We’ll explore how you can work with upper management to create the kind of environment your people need to be happy and productive.

The best developers know what they are worth, and are always looking for their next job.

This isn’t true.  Everyone finds changing jobs stressful, and developers only do it when they don’t believe their current job will meet their career and emotional goals.  They might tell you it’s about money, but it rarely is. 

If they are leaving, it's because they want a more productive environment.  This is what motivates them.

I don’t have 2 days to devote to this/my boss won’t give me the time off

The reason you don’t have any time is because you’re probably trying to do too much, and everyone depends on you. That’s exactly why you need this workshop. You need a team that is motivated without you standing over them, and an environment where they can be productive without you. This workshop is an investment which will actually create more time in your life.

I’d love to do it but I don’t have the money (or my boss won’t pay for it!)

This workshop is positively cheap compared to the hidden costs of developer turn-over, recruiter fees, stress-related medical bills, delayed projects, reduced market share, and decline in confidence from your users/investor/boss. If it feels like you’re barely keeping your head above water, then you know others are watching you thrash around. Your reputation, and the reputation of your team, depend on you learning these skills.

What if this is a waste of money?

Our You Gotta Love it guarantee means your money is not at risk. If you attend and don’t love it, just ask for a full refund. We’ll honor it, no questions asked.

We're different, just like you.

Our goal is to revolutionize the world of work for engineers and those who lead them.  We believe that every engineer deserves a good boss, and that any engineer can become one.  We stand apart from those who preach that “Leaders are born, not made”, proudly helping great coders become great leaders.

When you sign-up you will meet US, Marcus and Amy.  We aren’t a large corporate team with an army of drone trainers.  We’re a small, Oregon based team who does 100% of the training ourselves.  We create and test all our own curriculum.  We live and breathe this stuff, and it shows.

 

Questions?

Got questions?  Not sure if this is right for you?  Want to know our approach to a topic?  Email us at marcus@marcusblankenship.com and we'll get right back to you.

You snooze, you lose.

This unique, hands-on workshop is held in small venues where we constantly interact alongside participants during the workshop.  

We limit each workshop to only 30 participants to ensure everyone has the best experience possible.  These workshops fill up fast, so register today.

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