May 18-20, 2016 Warsaw, Poland

Meri Williams

A geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. Baker, gamer, surfer.

Meri is a geek, a manager, and a manager of geeks. She's a CTO, currently Head of Technology for M&S Digital, and also manages her own micro-consultancy ChromeRose which helps digital & technical teams be brilliant.

She has had a career spanning development, project, programme & product management and more recently engineering & operations leadership. She’s led teams ranging in size from 30 to 300, mostly with people spread across the world, in a range of organisations from Procter & Gamble, to startups, to the Government Digital Service.

A published author and international speaker, she sponsors scholarships to help more girls start STEM careers in her hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She's proud to be the host and co-curator of The Lead Developer conference.

Leadership in an Ever-Changing Industry

Wednesday, 16:45

  • Product Management
  • Teamwork

Leading a team is hard enough when all you have to do is step up from doing to leading. Add in the constant state of flux the web and technology industry is in, and this gets even harder.

In this session we'll explore what good leadership looks like, how to develop those around you, and how to grow yourself, whilst not falling behind from a technical point of view. In short, everything you need to know about being a lead developer or similar, including a whistle-stop tour of relevant science & research, and some advice on how to balance team, tech & tools.