About The Lead Developer

“I’m with my tribe here”

The Lead Developer was designed with the needs and pain points of technical team leads in mind. We programme each conference around our three key themes of  Team, Tech & Tools. The talks are designed to help very practically with common problems in these areas.

In our four years we’ve covered everything from leadership to recruitment, team dynamics to imposter syndrome. Our technical talks are designed to keep tech leads current - anything from new languages, frameworks and technologies to case studies dealing with common issues such a rapid scaling. We look at tools and processes and ways of working. Finally, we’re thinking about the personal development of a team lead and how to continue to grow the key skills needed by an effective and inspirational Lead Dev.

What we love about running The Lead Developer is the feeling of community. In our audience we find a total diversity of background, technologies and industries, but a common set of issues.

“This is one of my favourite events of the year and it’s because I’m with my tribe here.” Nick Means, Speaker, The Lead Developer London, 2017


Who comes to The Lead Developer?

Our audience consists of tech leads, lead developers, senior engineers, and engineering managers, as well as CTOs and VP Engineering folk. They are consistently technical (across a very broad range of technologies and industries) and at minimum coaching and leading, with many also line managing people in their organisations. Some folks also attend when they have just been promoted, or when they are trying to figure out what skills they need to develop in order to progress into a tech lead role. We also welcome product owners, scrum masters, agile coaches, delivery managers, designers, user researchers, content designers and anyone else involved in delivering technical or digital products who are interested in our programme of speakers, but our primary focus is content that is useful to technical leaders.

Previous years' events

Check out the highlights and all the wonderful talks from previous years

Watch the talks

See all our videos from London and New York below, or check out our YouTube channel for each individual talk.

Highlights from London 2017

Check out the photos

All the photos from last year's conference in New York on Flickr.


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WeWork Technology

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Clover Health

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IBM Code

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Condé Nast Technology

Open Source Sponsor

Big Nerd Ranch

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