Engineering Team Leader's Exchange

Share with and learn from peers; try out ideas, test material and find solutions

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 The Engineering Team Leader’s Exchange is a 100-minute teleconference for sharing experiences, ideas and best practices with a handful of peers. There’s a short article on some outcomes here.

Leaders from different countries, companies and cultures discuss a wide range of challenges. They use the safe, structured environment of the Exchange to:

  • Solve problems, practice encounters, get feedback
  • Learn new techniques and refine old ones
  • Exchange information and, above all, meet people!

The Exchange is open to anyone who believes:

  • They can help others through the Exchange
  • They will benefit from the Exchange 

Upcoming Keynote Facilitators

You can join your first exchange session for free, then there is a fee for participation in subsequent ones.

What topics could be discussed?

Topics are chosen by participants in the runup to a session and at the start of the session itself. Here are some example requests:

  • Exchange of case studies or examples of agile and lean in real situations 
  • Sharing ideas on how to balance technical knowledge (great engineers) with the intangible knowledge (great managers).
  • I suck at management. Not interested in people mgmt (perf reviews, etc…) but would like techniques/pointers/exp in effectively manage project milestones & deliverables. 
  • My company just introduced MS teams to everyone. It’s pretty much like Slack. How do we structure communications to take advantage of the #channel medium, vs emails, vs formal docs?
  • Forecasting (development projects and financial)
  • Feedback on my presentation please: subject = creating a creative & innovative environment
  • Offer to share experience on prioritising R&D projects
  • Advice needed on what to do when there is a big gap between what a team wants to do and what the client needs them to do!

Balancing techincal and intangible knowledge

From Ricardo Madureira: My personal concern: how to balance the technical knowledge (those really great engineers) with the intangible knowledge (those really great managers) in a group.

Innovative culture

From Christophe Tatard: One challenge I’m addressing at the moment is to develop a creative and innovative culture in the organisation. I read a number of articles presenting different methods/processes. I would welcome ideas/experience/feedback to increase chances to...

Prioritizing R&D projects

From Marco Carilli: I’d be happy to share something about prioritising R&D projects. The “Efficient Frontier” is a basic portfolio optimization tool that is very simple to put in place and that helps a lot R&D managers to converge on priorities, typically with...

Agile case studies

From Zdeněk Přikryl: Hi guys, I'm participation on 17th June, and I'd like to hear some case-studies or examples of the agile planning/working in real situations (ideally using JIRA as the database). I can talk about Mattermost/Slack communication ant its pros/cons....

Collaboration tools

From Janick Bergeron: If you could include some of the new team communication technologies in there (like Slack or MS Teams) it would be great. We just got MS Teams in the latest MS upgrade at SNPS and I’m trying to figure out how to best use it. From Pierre Muller:...


From Paul Double: I run a sales organisation in Europe for a large US B2B software company, and right now we have an opportunity to further collaborate with them, based on a comprehensive and compelling business plan, but apart from what I can Google, I have had no...

How does a session work? 

Sessions last 100 minutes and start at five past the hour. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Inclusion: brief introductions from each participant
  2. Keynote – see opposite
  3. Collection of discussion points
  5. Summary and farewells  

Please see the video above for more details.

When are the next sessions?

Schedule for June ++ in progress …

Date/time tbd, keynote: Marco Carilli, theme: Risk–Assessment and Prioritising in R&D projects Date/time tbd, keynote: Matteo Mazzeri, theme: Agile Tools and Methods Date/time tbd, keynote: Jean-François Hugues, theme: Enabling Innovation


How to get started?

First of all, in deciding if the Exchange is for you, please remember that:

  • The target audience is Engineering Team Leaders and that the topics chosen for discussion will reflect this (contact me if you are undecided!)
  • Discussions will be in either English or French – to get the most out of a session, you need to be fluent in the language used

Then, if you would like to receive invitations for future sessions and join the associated LinkedIn group, contact me at

You will receive an acknowledgement with information on payment and, as time goes by, a calendar invitation for each session.

To reserve your place in a session, simply accept the corresponding invitation using the calendar mechanism (using, for example, Outlook or Google Calendar). Sessions will go ahead with 3-6 participants.

Once you have attended your first session, you will receive subsequent invitations one week in advance of the general announcement. This will help you to join sessions with people who you know, from past experience, share your interests. 

What does it cost?

 You can join your first exchange session for free, then there is a fee for participation in subsequent ones – see below.

You can purchase an individual session or a batch. Batch purchases may be either nominative (for one person only) or transferable.

Prices are shown below . There is an online payment system and we are happy to accept company orders also.

 You may register for the Exchange and receive session invitations before purchasing. However, you must make a purchase prior to accepting an invitation.

 One ‘token’ is consumed each time you attend a session. Also, if you accepted a session invitation and subsequently cancel, then a token is consumed if that cancellation arrives later than 48 hours before the session.




  • One session token

Use within one year

  • Price excludes tax (20% VAT will be added)

Nominated person (name+email)




4 session tokens for use by one person

Use within 18 months

Price excludes tax (20% VAT will be added)

Nominated person (name+email)




4 session tokens, transferable

Use within 18 months, max 1 per session

Price excludes tax (20% VAT will be added)

1st nominated person (name+email)

The ICONDA Advantage

Andy Betts

  • A confirmed trainer and qualified coach (Institut Maieutis, level 2, code NSF 315, European level CEC: 6), certified in Process Communication by Kahler Communication France
  • Over 25 year’s experience in high-tech industry, in Semiconductor, Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and associated software
  • In-depth experience in both design roles and in the field (Sales, Marketing and Applications).

Benefits for the Exchange

  • Processes are adapted to the needs and preferences of Engineering Team Leaders
  • Long experience with coaching and training gives us a flexible approach, adapted to the needs of the day
  • ICONDA’s domain experience and considerable database of training material and activities is available as a backup, allowing us to be “force de propositions” when appropriate.
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