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Online course

Shortcut to Tech Leadership

Delivered by Patrick Kua
3 hours/1 day

You will learn about:

  • ​Understand what technical leadership is, and why it’s important for successful teams

  • Explain what effective technical leadership looks like

  • Describe your Technical Vision in depth

  • Outline 8 foundation principles of effective technical leadership

  • Identify the different behaviors of Makers and Multipliers

  • Use 5 foundation skills that Multipliers draw upon a daily basis


3 hours a day




Beginner, advanced




Leadership, development


Software engineers, Tech Leaders, 

1 day


Course description 

This is a 3-hour online guided workshop that accelerates your tech leadership journey. This workshop will boost your skills, accelerate your career development, offer you tools and tricks to lead technical teams, and guide you through the journey from maker to multiplier.

Your trainer, Patrick Kura, will guide you and your cohort through the workshop using a variety of methods optimized for a fully remote, digital world. Research shows that deeper learning occurs when you interact, apply and practice the material. This workshop draws upon short lectures, interactive polls, Q&A break outs, individual and group exercises, and group discussions. Each of these elements is specifically designed to challenge you to put the content into action and you will get the most of this workshop by taking an active part.

Course topics 

  • Exploring Technical Leadership

    We explore the breadth and focus of effective technical leadership.

  • Leading Technical Topics

    We focus on building a technical vision and cover 8 principles of effective technical leadership

  • Maker to Multiplier

    We show the differences between being a maker (i.e. software engineer) to being a multiplier (i.e. a technical leader) including 5 keys to being a successful multiplier.

  • Next Steps

    What happens after the workshop and what you can do to continue your technical leadership journey.


Taking this course you will get:


Slides, references,

real-world examples


you will get a collection of visual references compiled by our artist


Collaborative team-work tools


Get direct access to the trainer & attendees On Slack Channel. Chat, share & ask directly



Patrick Kua is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organizations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing, and improving complex organizations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26 (Berlin, Germany) and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of three books including The Retrospective HandbookTalking with Tech Leads and Building Evolutionary Architectures, and runs the free popular newsletter for leaders in tech, “Level Up” (http://levelup.patkua.com) and the Tech Lead Academy, offering online training for technical leaders.


You can find him online on twitter as @patkua or running his very popular “Shortcut to Tech Leadership” workshop.

Book the course privately or request more information about this course

Build Stuff online courses provides the same experience and access to experts that you would have in an in-person course, without needing to leave your desk or couch.

The format is set to be flexible and you have to dedicate only a few hours of your time a week.

Who should attend?

​This course is aimed at anybody who wants to improve their skills in Tech leadership. 

Take this course if:
You want to increase your influence, level up with your leadership skills & if you want to refresh and refine your existing skills
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