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Take Control of Your Career: A Personal Growth Framework

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Aaron Randall talks about a Personal Growth Framework – a low-lift way of helping identify areas to grow that are exciting and valuable for career development. Filmed at qconlondon.com.

Aaron Randall is the CTO at Songkick, a live music startup aimed at making sure concert fans never miss their favourite artists live. Songkick develops web and mobile apps which serve over 19 million visitors a month.

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Take Control of Your Career: A Personal Growth Framework

  1. 1. Take Control f your Career with a Personal Growth Framework @aaronjrandall
  2. 2. InfoQ.com: News & Community Site Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! https://www.infoq.com/presentations/ personal-growth-framework/ • Over 1,000,000 software developers, architects and CTOs read the site world- wide every month • 250,000 senior developers subscribe to our weekly newsletter • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • 2 dedicated podcast channels: The InfoQ Podcast, with a focus on Architecture and The Engineering Culture Podcast, with a focus on building • 96 deep dives on innovative topics packed as downloadable emags and minibooks • Over 40 new content items per week
  3. 3. Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide Presented at QCon London www.qconlondon.com
  4. 4. Take Control f your Career with a Personal Growth Framework @aaronjrandall
  5. 5. Take Control f your Career with a Personal Growth Framework @aaronjrandall
  6. 6. Why are we here? @aaronjrandall
  7. 7. Why are we here? @aaronjrandall
  8. 8. Investing in yourself & your professional development @aaronjrandall
  9. 9. Learning is fun! Get better at your job Build better things Ever-changing industry Machine learning Ruby .NET A.I. Blockchain JavaBig data SQL Go JS HTML CSS Progression & recognition @aaronjrandall
  10. 10. Belonging Improvement Choice Equality Predictability Significance https://www.palomamedina.com/biceps/@aaronjrandall
  11. 11. Improvement Progress towards purpose working towards an important goal Personal growth fast growth in skills that matter to you @aaronjrandall
  12. 12. what are my goals? how am I getting there? What are you focussing on right now to grow professionally? @aaronjrandall
  13. 13. @aaronjrandall
  14. 14. @aaronjrandall
  15. 15. *bump* ouch @aaronjrandall
  16. 16. Technical skills @aaronjrandall
  17. 17. Learning is an investment, your time is valuable @aaronjrandall
  18. 18. There’s gotta be a better way! @aaronjrandall
  19. 19. @aaronjrandall
  20. 20. @aaronjrandall
  21. 21. Comms Mentorship Technical skills Delivery Emotional intelligence Leadership Business knowledge @aaronjrandall
  22. 22. Comms skills this is the thing I’m going to focus on to get better @aaronjrandall
  23. 23. Intentionality @aaronjrandall
  24. 24. How do you find y ur light-switch? @aaronjrandall
  25. 25. “you own your professional development – not your company, not your manager – you” Maria Gutierrez, Head of Engineering at Intercom yeah, me @aaronjrandall
  26. 26. Let’s talk about Growth Framew rks @aaronjrandall
  27. 27. Hands up if your company has a growth framework (or similar)? @aaronjrandall
  28. 28. What the flip is a Growth Framework? @aaronjrandall
  29. 29. A process that helps answer the question “How do I progress in my career?” @aaronjrandall
  30. 30. https://www.progression.fyi/ they do! @aaronjrandall
  31. 31. How do they work? skills roles @aaronjrandall
  32. 32. @aaronjrandall
  33. 33. @aaronjrandall
  34. 34. @aaronjrandall
  35. 35. A process that helps answer the question “How do I progress in my career?” Hi, I’m Sam!* *Sam is not real@aaronjrandall
  36. 36. @aaronjrandall
  37. 37. Leadership Mentorship Technical Skills Communication Emotional Intelligence Delivery Business Knowledge Leadership Mentorship Technical Skills Communication Emotional Intelligence Delivery Business Knowledge @aaronjrandall
  38. 38. Leadership Mentorship Technical Skills Communication Emotional Intelligence Delivery Business Knowledge @aaronjrandall
  39. 39. Growth Frameworks are great, but what if your company doesn’t have one? @aaronjrandall
  40. 40. Your light-switch: @aaronjrandall
  41. 41. Your light-switch: A Personal Growth Framew rk @aaronjrandall
  42. 42. Personal Growth Framework sounds fancy, but it isn’t golly gosh, where did I leave my personal growth framework?@aaronjrandall
  43. 43. Personal is good old company new company Spans roles & companies More invested @aaronjrandall
  44. 44. How it works @aaronjrandall
  45. 45. Simple process + time + focus stealing the best bits from Growth Frameworks @aaronjrandall
  46. 46. Simple process + time + focus Set some time aside, be deliberate @aaronjrandall
  47. 47. 1 hour, 1 page, 5 steps @aaronjrandall
  48. 48. @aaronjrandall
  49. 49. @aaronjrandall
  50. 50. Define your North Star – What do you really want to accomplish, and why? – Think bigger picture – What’s the next big thing you really want to achieve in your career? I want to continue growing as a TL because I’m new to the role, and from working with other TLs I know there’s more I can do to empower my team and grow my confidence.
  51. 51. What’s going well – Warm up your brain – Identify some things you’re going to want to keep doing Supporting & upskilling junior developers Communicating well with the PM & DL Prioritising & tackling meaningful tech debt
  52. 52. What could be going better – Warm up your brain some more – Identify some areas of opportunity Communication to the wider company Checking in with devs & setting expectations Estimating (is hard!)
  53. 53. Dig into your skills Good architectural understanding – know how all the moving pieces of tech in our ecosystem fit together Good reasoning about how much to invest in e.g. writing tests – Not just tech: Technical Skills, Communication, and Leadership – Find inspiration in your job spec, other job specs, your peers, etc Keep more on top of what’s going on in the industry, from a tech and process perspective 7
  54. 54. Good architectural understanding – know how all the moving pieces of tech in our ecosystem fit together Good reasoning about how much to invest in e.g. writing tests Keep more on top of what’s going on in the industry, from a tech and process perspective 7 Good at articulating the value of a piece of work to developers Asking for clarity when unsure of goals or scope of work Sometimes go all around the houses to explain something Address lack of communication with the wider team (e.g. more visibility on why we are making certain tech decisions) 7
  55. 55. perspective 7 Good at articulating the value of a piece of work to developers Asking for clarity when unsure of goals or scope of work Sometimes go all around the houses to explain something Address lack of communication with the wider team (e.g. more visibility on why we are making certain tech decisions) 7 Pairing and mentoring more junior developers in my team Addressing concerns about our process Improve business knowledge so I can make better decisions for our team Have more of a hold on what pieces of work are on the roadmap 5
  56. 56. Pairing and mentoring more junior developers in my team Addressing concerns about our process Improve business knowledge so I can make better decisions for our team Have more of a hold on what pieces of work are on the roadmap 5 Set goals – Make goals measurable & achievable – See rework.withgoogle.com/subjects/goal-setting/ – Aim for about 3 months to achieve goals
  57. 57. Good architectural understanding – know how all the moving pieces of tech in our ecosystem fit together Good reasoning about how much to invest in e.g. writing tests Keep more on top of what’s going on in the industry, from a tech and process perspective 7 Good at articulating the value of a piece of work to developers Asking for clarity when unsure of goals or scope of work Sometimes go all around the houses to explain something Address lack of communication with the wider team (e.g. more visibility on why we are making certain tech decisions) 7 Pairing and mentoring more junior developers in my team Addressing concerns about our process Improve business knowledge so I can make better decisions for our team Have more of a hold on what pieces of work are on the roadmap 5
  58. 58. Pairing and mentoring more junior developers in my team Addressing concerns about our process Improve business knowledge so I can make better decisions for our team Have more of a hold on what pieces of work are on the roadmap 5 Pairing and mentoring more junior developers in my team Addressing concerns about our process Improve business knowledge so I can make better decisions for our team Have more of a hold on what pieces of work are on the roadmap 5 Set goals – Make goals measurable & achievable – See rework.withgoogle.com/subjects/goal-setting/ – Aim for about 3 months to achieve goals Represent technology in sprint planning Commit time in the calendar (fortnightly) for prospection Enter trio meetings with prepared thoughts, written down Grow understanding of business Organise 1:1s with Tom to better understand 2019 goals Learn more from Sarah about our highest value partnerships Represent my team to the wider company Present (at least) 3 team updates in Q2 Share team wins internally (e.g. new affiliate integrations) Give a presentation to product team about affiliate revenue Make a plan for tech initiatives we could tackle in Q2
  59. 59. 1 hour, 1 page, 5 steps = goals! @aaronjrandall
  60. 60. @aaronjrandall
  61. 61. Now what? @aaronjrandall
  62. 62. Get feedback Personal doesn’t have to mean private @aaronjrandall
  63. 63. Rubberduck quack Get feedback @aaronjrandall
  64. 64. Share with your manager your manager Get feedback @aaronjrandall
  65. 65. Accountability Get feedback @aaronjrandall
  66. 66. Repeat the process @aaronjrandall
  67. 67. Repeat the process @aaronjrandall
  68. 68. Your North Star may stay the same for a while, but you should see your skills improve Repeat the process Communication: 5/10 Communication: 6/10 Communication: 8/10 @aaronjrandall
  69. 69. Achieve your goals Form a habit, deliberate practice @aaronjrandall
  70. 70. Celebrate success! Eat a donut (à la Lara Hogan) @aaronjrandall
  71. 71. aaronrandall.com/blog if you want to take it for a spin! @aaronjrandall
  72. 72. what are my goals? how am I getting there? What are you focussing on right now to grow professionally? @aaronjrandall
  73. 73. “you own your professional development – not your company, not your manager – you” Maria Gutierrez, Head of Engineering at Intercom yeah, me @aaronjrandall
  74. 74. find the right approach for you A Personal Growth Framework is just one way of switching the lights on @aaronjrandall
  75. 75. Make the time, be deliberate, and grow @aaronjrandall this is fun!
  76. 76. thanks! References ● https://www.palomamedina.com/biceps/ ● https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pa6G23ygp0 ● https://blog.songkick.com/building-a-growth-framework-2464435e9e46 ● https://www.songkick.com/downloads/growth-framework/sk-growth-framework.pdf ● https://rework.withgoogle.com/guides/set-goals-with-okrs/steps/set-objectives-and-develop-key-results/ @aaronjrandall ask questions or say hi here! aaronrandall.com/blog find the Personal Growth Framework here
  77. 77. Q&A @aaronjrandall
  78. 78. Companies that invest 
 in professional development... Attract talent 87%rate professional 
 growth as important Retain 
 employees 34%more likely to retain
 team members Save money 20-50%replacing highest-skilled people = 20-50% of salary Build more 
 engaged teams 15%more engaged Quality & output 40% Profitability 21% https://goo.gl/TXcVFa
  79. 79. Get buy-in Start the conversation – share the facts – find the right approach
  80. 80. Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! https://www.infoq.com/presentations/ personal-growth-framework/

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