Back in September I was fortunate to attend “The Lead Developer” conference in London alongside my fellow Patrick “The Engineering Manager” Walker. It was a same day trip, but it was well worth an early rise and slightly sleep deprived night. Billed as targeting technical people that lead and motivating teams, it seemed to fit perfectly with my role as Principal Software Engineer leading a small team of four (three Developers and a Senior QA Engineer). There were several main talks, each around 25-30 minutes, that included the captivating Dan North, as well as a number of 10-minute ‘lightening talks’ that provided a snapshot into an emerging technology. Beyond the talks, The Lead Developer even scheduled time for networking and lunch too! My personal goal for the day was to learn how other tech lead folks cope with the additional responsibilities bestowed upon them as they move from the developer role into team management. I was also keen to see what new technologies where being picked up by other companies and how others did their job whilst retaining an understanding of technical changes. Fortunately, the conference did provide me with three takeaways.