Matt Northam – Lead Front-End Developer at Redweb, Dad of Two at Home
Building a successful, happy team is a task that all tech leads strive for; it's an endeavour that can take time and effort to implement and then continuous work to maintain. There are plenty of amazing teams out there to take inspiration from but for me, the archetype will always be hip-hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan and their de facto lead: RZA.
Still active after nearly 30 years, this team comprises of a range of diverse personalities with varying skills who were brought together to fulfil a collective vision. In their time, they have experienced great successes, while also weathering numerous trials and tribulations.
This presentation will draw upon the Wu-Tang saga to explore what it takes to assemble a team that has impact and longevity. From recruitment to objective setting, conflict resolution to mentoring, the Wu has it all.
Matt is a lead front-end developer at Redweb, one of the UK’s largest independent agencies. Previously, he's worked in higher education – teaching on a number of degree courses, as well as providing digital support to research and student recruitment. Before that, Matt cut his teeth making hip-hop fan sites in the late 1990's, and 20 years on is still keen to extoll the virtues of combining rap with web development. His generated Wu-Tang name is '*Gentlemen Leader*', which isn't exactly the best rap pseudonym ever, but could be a lot worse.