Spotting and Nurturing Technical Leaders

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM Alpha
Doncho Angelov
Director of Development SEGA


Doncho Angelov is a Director of Development Services in SEGA. He earned an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Technical University - Sofia, and an Executive MBA from the American University in Bulgaria. Doncho has worked as C++ back-end and C# front-end developer for various companies, including the Bulgarian Object Builder Software (today DXC, former CSC) and Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen.

He started his leadership career in 1999, going through various roles both in the technical leadership and people management at OBS, Microsoft Denmark and Microsoft Bulgaria. After these, and for the past 9 years, his primary job has been building engineering teams, which started in 2011 with the foundation of the Bulgarian site of Milestone Systems. With the help of the great people around him, the site grew to 130 employees in 2018, with current numbers close to 150. Today he's building the Development Services organization for SEGA Black Sea, a subsidiary of SEGA of Europe.

One of the toughest tasks in these roles is identifying the right people, who can successfully lead others through out technical assignments and small to large projects. This taught, and still teaches him, the importance of selecting and nurturing the unique skill of technical leadership. This also taught him how hard this process is, and how error-prone we are when trying to get and train the right leads.

Doncho's hobbies include traveling, computer gaming, and Bulgarian folk dancing. He's a proud father of three, which often teaches him how hard is to implement leadership learnings at home. 


Wed, 23 Oct | 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Spotting and Nurturing Technical Leaders

Technical Leads: The people who fuel up an organization's projects by being both technically sane and effective contributors, and also leading their small teams. This first level of leadership is critical to the success of every organization. Lot of people may have mentioned in their careers - "...but I don't want to manage!", but still decided to take the road. And after that, excelled not only as such but as a true leader of their team.
Should we hire our leads from outside our organization? Do we spot them from within our teams, and help them take steps towards excelling into authentic leadership? What are the essential caveats of this critical role in any business, but especially in software development? How do we see these qualities, even when we interview for pure, technical positions? How do we find these among our candidates?
How do you become one of these people? What should you do if you'd like to take the first step into leadership career? What are the most common mistakes, which we all made? And how to avoid them?
In this presentation, with the help of approximately fifteen years of technical leadership and management on many levels, we'll walk through the challenges which were met, the mistakes that were made, and lessons learned. If you're a professional who's struggling to find the right leadership for your organization, you may find valuable knowledge here.  If you're a professional who'd like to embark on the leadership path, you may want to know what challenges you'll be asked to resolve.

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