This Masterclass will be hosted by the one and only Gwen Diagram and will take place on the 18th of May 2021 at 8 PM (UK Time). More information about Maryam Umar and the full Masterclass description is available below.

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  • Succeed As a New Manager
    Maryam Umar

    Succeed As a New Manager




    Becoming a manager of an engineering team is a daunting task. Most of us love to write code and as we get better, we are asked to start managing teams.

    My journey has been a little bit different. I came into team management by choice. In this masterclass, I will share some of the mistakes I have made as a mid-level manager and provide some tools for overcoming problems. Balancing personal learning as well as growing a team are difficult tasks expected from a new manager. I will be sharing my journey as I learnt to navigate through this extremely rewarding role in my professional life with multiple anecdotes to help everyone on this arduous ask.



    • Learn to execution through people and not self
    • Make people management easier
    • Create team vision
    • Hire and build the right team
    • Gain the reward of psychological safety in your team


    Maryam Umar
    Maryam Umar
    Head of QA
    I work in London as Head of QA of an Instant Salesware firm. I started my career 15 years ago as a QA test engineer in the finance and mobile industry. After transitioning to the eCommerce sector, I performed QA in various capacities for online restaurant and travel services. I continue to work in QA as a manager now with special focus on sustainable delivery practices. I pay special attention to team dynamics and ensuring engineers are in roles which give them a sense of purpose. In addition to this, I have been a keen advocate of creating and sustaining diverse teams by speaking at schools and universities to educate students about what a creative space the technology sector can be.