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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know! Insights for Technical Leaders  

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2:15 PM Saturday
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Fireside B
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Technical leaders today can easily be overwhelmed by the tasks they must perform and the rapidly changing technology they must wrestle with daily. Understanding the stages most companies go through as they grow, and the key decisions that must be made at the stage transitions, can help leaders cope more effectively in their roles.

This talk will present these stages of growth and outline key decisions that must be made as a company transitions from being a startup, to small, to mid-sized, and beyond.

This session will be of interest to technical leaders at all levels, from Lead Tech to CTO, who want to gain insight into how to better anticipate changes that will occur as their company matures and grows.

The Speaker(s)


Mickey W. Mantle

Mickey has been developing software systems and products for over 40 years, as a systems programmer, Tech Lead, Manager, VP Engineering, CTO, COO, and now CEO/CTO of his own company. During this time he has contributed to several notable companies, including computer graphics pioneer Evans & Sutherland (E&S), Pixar, Broderbund Software, and Gracenote – always in a technical leadership role. He continues developing software at Wanderful (see, developing and publishing Apps for iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows. Working with co-author Ron Lichty, they wrote the book “Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams”. Published by Addison Wesley, this book distills their experience of over 70 combined years developing software and managing programmers and has received many accolades including being favorably compared to The Mythical Man Month and Peopleware (see

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