Leading engineering teams for new managers (crash course)

Inspire, motivate, and grow your team. Become an effective engineering manager and leader.

There is strong demand for capable software engineering leaders everywhere from small start up companies to large scale well-established firms. And most of them not only want managers to meet and deliver outcomes, they want a leader who has the right set of skills to create a healthy team environment that enables growth and longevity.

Many assume leadership skills are innate. This is not true. Leadership consists of established best practices that can be learned by all.

This workshop will prepare you to lead with empathy and confidence, with the application of everyday leadership. You will learn a set of tools to put your new knowledge into practice immediately.

This workshop is most suited to new, current, and prospective engineering managers and team leads. If you have been managing for less than a couple of years, have a yearning to continuously improve, want to lead your team to the next level of effectiveness, contribute, and learn from like-minded people, this workshop is for you!

Get your ticket now for the November workshop

Blackmill's Engineering Leadership workshop was one of the best courses I've attended. While it contained general leadership and management learnings, the specific software engineering focus plus both Elle and Lachlan's industry experience was invaluable. I also found that the teachings focused around empathy clearly aligned with my own values. Highly recommended for those just starting their tech leadership journey to seasoned leaders looking to sharpen their axe.

Charles Vallance , Engineering Manager Sharesies

As a Software Engineer stepping into the world of technical leadership for the first time, I found Lachlan and Elle's workshop to be extremely valuable. Connecting with others in the industry gave me the opportunity to learn from real world examples, and there was a healthy balance of theoretical and technical content.

I'd recommend this workshop if you want to grow your team sustainably, and set them up for long term success.

Chris Nankervis

Workshop structure

The workshop will have less than ten people so we can really explore the material. Through a series of presentations, group discussions, and scenario-based sessions, you will work with others, share experiences, and learn together.

Like all our events, this workshop is covered by our code of conduct and joining us assumes your agreement to be bound by the code.

The Leading Engineering Teams workshops run by Blackmill filled in gaps in my understanding of what it takes to be an effective, authentic, and confident leader.

Elle and Lachlan synthesised a range of management practices from a wide array of industry renowned thinkers, and delivered it in a structured and coherent way that became immediately applicable in my own context.

With their particular expertise and experience in the industry, along with their capacity to draw out thoughtful engagement from the cohort, we were given unique insights into our own management styles and the needs of our individual circumstances. I honestly could not recommend this series of workshops more highly to leaders, or aspiring leaders, within tech.

Jackson Bates , CTO Grace Papers

I really enjoyed the workshop and found it invaluable. I liked the balance of theoretical, open discussion and practice via role play. Most importantly, it surfaced areas of my current role that I need to work on and opened up a new direction for learning. I have a clearer idea now how to do my job better.

Simon Del Fabbro , Project Lead NQRY

Getting to know you

Before the workshop, we will schedule 30 minutes to learn more about you, your organisation, and your team.

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We will schedule a group check-in with you 4–6 weeks later to see how you have been, and answer any questions or concerns you may have after practising these new skills for a little while.


Online with
  • A 30-minute individual chat
  • A 2.5 hours session each day for four days
  • A follow up session

Early Bird: $1,800 AUD plus GST

Regular: $2,100 AUD plus GST


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Join us, because thoughtful engineering practices lead to quality, stability, and effectiveness.

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Elle and Lachlan have a knack for creating a safe learning environment and helping participants of all levels get involved. I left their workshop inspired, with a few new tools under my belt and the confidence to put them in practice.

They know the web community inside-out so speakers they bring in are top notch. Would highly recommend them to any development team looking to level up.

Steve Gilles , Founder at Lookahead

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