Monthly Meetup – March 2019

It’s time to climb the career ladder. Unfortunately, the ladder doesn’t seem up so much as…sideways? Maybe diagonal? A figure eight? Why would you even make that ladder?

Fear not though, this month’s we’ve got Volker Dusch congratulating you on your new position with his talk: “You Just Became a Team Lead? …Now What?” It’s all about everything new you never knew you never knew but you needed to know to do the new thing you’re now doing. Good luck!

The lovely folks of Jouw Omgeving ( will be providing space, food and drinks, so don’t be afraid to take the lead and join us!

19:00 – Doors open with food & drinks
19:30 – Welcome
19:35 – Talk: You Just Became a Team Lead. Now What?
20:25 – Raffle & News
20:30 – Social!

Talk: You Just Became a Team Lead. Now What?
Maybe you built the first version of your product many years back on your own, and your endeavor is growing.

Maybe you’ve been with the company for a couple of years, and people trust you a lot.

Maybe nontechnical coworkers always approached you first because you’ve been able to explain things clearly to them.


Moving away from primarily dealing with code to dealing with people can be scary. But don’t panic! You are already working on effectively communicating with your coworkers a lot through your code, in planning, and on many other occasions. Like all the other skills you have picked up along the way Leadership is something you can learn and iteratively improve.

This talk aims to walk you through most of the challenges I have faced or helped others work through when taking this journey in companies that work with web technologies.

We’ll discuss topics including process management, team motivation, recruiting, growing people and how to actually get something useful out of these dreaded ‘performance reviews’ you might be asked to do.

Speaker: Volker Dusch (@__edorian)
Volker Dusch is a Software Developer born in Germany and working for the CastorEDC a cloud-based Electronic Data Capture platform that enables every researcher worldwide to easily capture high quality, reusable data.

He started programming with PHP in the early PHP 4 days and has over 15 years of experience with the language.

Having worked on big home grown legacy applications and with new ‘modern’ projects he is interested in keeping code maintainable so that it can be adapted fast and easily to new requirements in growing organizations.

You can find him on twitter, GitHub and Stackoverflow