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5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Solve Problems

July 3, 2014

Effective problem-solving leaders know how to organize the environment so that all eyes are operating at full power. — Jerry Weinberg, Becoming a Technical Leader How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Clarify Direction

June 25, 2014

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. — John Scully How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems,... Read more

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Demonstrate Character

June 13, 2014

Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen. — Alan Keith, Genentech I’ve always liked computers: you tell them precisely what to do and they obey without wondering whether your command is appropriate. Working with many leaders, I feel like some would also want their team members to be... Read more

How to be a change catalyst

March 16, 2014

Do you have a great idea but don’t know how to convince your colleagues? Learn a few techniques on how to initiate change that is supported by everybody. We live in a world where the only constant is change. If we go back only five years ago, there was no iPad, nobody heard of Big... Read more

Give feedback for performance

March 16, 2014

Feedback is one of the most powerful tools a manager, developer or HR professional can use to reduce mistakes and increase performance. It is a key practice in Agile and Lean and, although it sounds easy it is quite hard. Read this post for a more detailed description of good practices for feedback inside a development team. Consider... Read more

Do Agile Teams Have Performance Reviews?

March 16, 2014

How does the practice of performance reviews match an agile environment? Sooner or later, most teams adopting agile come to an unanticipated discovery: the impact of this way of working goes far beyond adjusting to iterative development or learning some technical practices. It also profoundly impacts the way companies do sales, marketing or HR. In... Read more

Change Management 3.0

September 26, 2013

(Guest blog post by Jurgen Appelo, originally appeared on his blog. Republished with permission.) No matter how big the CEO’s desk is, an organization is not a hierarchy. It is a social network. People interact with each other across all levels. And even though delivering a software product is quite different from handing over the butter at the... Read more

Have You Met Your CEO?

September 19, 2013

My job involves working closely with programmers and testers, identifying their impediments and helping them find ways to solve them. The team can remove most of the impediments, much more than developers would expect. There is however a restricted set of impediments that require management intervention, usually in the area of: better facilities, acquisition of... Read more

Internal Marketing is a Key Leadership Practice

May 15, 2013

(Guest blog post by Jurgen De Smet, originally appeared on his blog. Republished with permission.) The hardest part of an organization, and therefore its management, is sharing the enthusiasm with the entire organization, especially when most of the people in there are making one-tenth to one-fiftieth of what top managers make. Selling the company to... Read more