Room 3 

09:00 - 17:00 


2 Days

Managing engineers is not magic. You need tools for that!

Managing engineers is not magic! You need tools for that. There are non-nerdy and nerdy engineers in each team, demanding different management styles. Leading smart technical teams, especially remote ones, is quite challenging.

Work skills

The Engineering Manager doesn't need to be the most technical person in the team, a psychologist, or a bad cop. You only need to have enough leadership tools in your pocket.

In Atlassian, as one of the young industry thought leaders, engineering managers use a leadership framework called 4Cs. Using this approach can set you up for success in leading fully remote teams who work from anywhere.

Who would benefit from this workshop?
Welcome to this interactive workshop which provides practical guidance and leadership recommendations and suits the following groups:

1. Techie ICs (Individual contributors like developers, OPS, architects, and computer engineers) who are keen to step up to a management role.

2. The managers who struggle with running remote teams in this new era and want to be more effective leaders

You will leave this workshop having developed the leadership skills you need and picked tools in the 4Cs framework to manage technical engineering teams. It also helps you make a determined decision on your next career path if you are hesitant.

Here are a few of the topics covered in this workshop to develop leadership skills:
- How to be a great connector to build psychological safety in the team?
- What tools and methodologies do you need to be a great conductor to contribute to the team’s success?
- What does it take to be a productive compass?
- How to be an effective coach helping with growth and performance improvement, providing feedback and making effective and constructive conversations yet difficult?

Each topic will be thoroughly covered using examples and followed by exercises that allow you to reflect and fully absorb.

Nelly Sattari

What fascinates us, engages us and what engages us, helps us to learn.

Stories told with enthusiasm build connections. They build trust and help us interact with greater engagement and creativity for stronger technical solutions.

Nelly Sattari loves problem-solving and is passionate about driving minds to engage with technology. She is a software engineer and Tech Engineering Manager based in Sydney, Australia and has spent her entire career involved in the IT industry.

Her focus is building teams who create modern applications, and she is indebted to her full-stack development background and the knowledge she gained there.
Also, she leveraged the synergistic effect of her technical skills and leadership abilities to lead the inclusive, local IT communities that are her favourite playground and where she facilitates knowledge-sharing platforms, supports user groups and nurtures beginner expertise, while steering clear of buzzwords for a more practical and tangible approach.
That combination led her to be awarded as Microsoft Azure MVP (Most Valuable Professional) four consecutive times.

Come and join Nelly in an armchair-like, story-focused conversation to unpack familiar, yet often undiscussed, problems that will unveil new and thought-provoking solutions.


Donna Edwards

Donna has 20+ years’ experience working in the IT industry. She is the CEO of SHOUTOUT, a simple recognition program helping organisations retain their talent and a Manager at Amazon Web Services running untapped talent programs across APJ and EMEA including the global CloudUp for Her program.

With an MBA and MHRM, Donna is an international conference speaker and regular panelist on culture, talent development, diversity, leadership topics. She is an author and a WA Business News, 40 under 40 award winner for the Professional Services category.