I just recently returned from a tech lead sync up that my department had in Austin TX. We have web teams in Austin, San Francisco and Irvine and once a quarter we meet up in one location to talk about recent problems, exchange ideas, sync up on tech decisions and other such items. My preference will definitely be Austin due to the Texas BBQ.
Starting this year (now that I’ve been a manager for about 3 months) I wanted to get into a groove of having each of my employees maintain 3-4 goals that they continuously work on. These would be goals that shouldn’t really go past a year in length but also should strech for longer than individual projects (and definitely longer than sprints). My current plan is to use Situational Leadership in order to delegate the completion of these goals to my employees.