Talk: Making the Switch to Engineering Management – Utah PHP Usergroup

I gave this talk at the Utah PHP Usergroup. It was a quick turn around to make the presentation, so not my best slides, but they got the job done.



Note: the quality isn’t the best, but it’s what they had.


Making the Switch to Engineering Management by Justin Carmony

The first part of an engineer’s career is pretty straight-forward: learning the skills and technology to code. Then, one day after being a senior developer for a few years, you find you need to make a decision: do you want to become a manager? Are you ready to make the switch to management? Do you even want to? What would it be like? How do you know if you’re ready? How do you prepare? Ahhhhh!

Take a deep breath: it’s okay. It is possible to make a switch to engineering management and still have a fulfilling job. We’ll discuss the basics of being an engineering manager, what it’s like to make the switch, and how to prepare for it. We’ll discuss techniques you can use to be successful, as well as common pitfalls you can run into. So whether you’re an engineer looking to prepare for the possibility in the future, or a seasoned manager looking for some ways to improve (since we all can improve), come learn from Justin’s experience helping mentor engineers for leadership and management roles.

Speaker Bio

Justin Carmony has been programming professionally in PHP since 2005. He lives in Layton, Utah where he currently is the Sr. Director of Engineering for Deseret Digital Media, a local media company that runs some of largest regional new websites in the country. He is currently focused on big data, data science, and mentoring engineers. He is a long-time member of the Utah PHP Usergroup and Utah Open Source community.

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