Tag “leadership”

Mission Defines Success

The purpose of a software team is to complete a mission. If you are a software team leader, your success is defined by the accomplishment of that mission; you must own the result 100%.

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Robin Bate Boerop's Blog

Robin Bate Boerop's blog about software development, DevOps, and leadership.

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Motivating Psychological Safety

Why software team leaders should create psychologically safe work environments.

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Your Dev Team Needs A Mission

Teams exist to complete a mission. If you are a software team leader, you must ensure that the team's mission is well defined and clearly communicated. Without a clear mission, your team’s ability to make decisions is grossly impeded, as is your ability to set goals and measure progress.

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Tip: Repeat Yourself Often

A tip for software team leaders: to communicate clearly and to lead effectively, repeat yourself often.

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Toxic Developers Destroy Productivity

If you are the leader of a software team, then you have heard of the legendary 10x developer - the superstar worker. To improve your team's productivity, learn this: replacing an average worker with a superstar worker is not nearly as effective as removing a toxic worker. It’s not even close. Toxic workers destroy productivity.

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Tip: Stop Solving Your Team's Problems

If you lead a software team, and a team member has a problem, you may be tempted to solve it. Maybe you shouldn’t. This is an opportunity for more than a solved problem.

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Tip: They Don't Have to Like You

Are you a software leader worried that the team members don’t like you? You can stop worrying. They don’t have to like you. They just have to trust you.

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Tip: Coaching Means Giving Less Advice

A tip for software team leaders: coaching well means giving less advice.

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Tip: Negotiate Achievable Goals

Leaders must ensure that the software team's goals are achievable.

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Tip: Routinely Develop Your Influence

On a software team, leaders should make the development of social influence routine.

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Employees Are More Important Than Customers and Investors

Employee engagement is more important than your customers, and more important than your investors. This article explains why.

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Leadership References

A list of useful references on the concept of leadership.

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Essential Techniques for Leading Software Teams in the Work From Home Era

Learn essential leadership techniques for remote work.

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On Trust

This is a primer on the concept of trust for software teams.

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Employee Engagement for Software Teams

A primer on employee engagement for new leaders.

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Questions for Measuring Software Team Engagement

Suggestions for choice of questions and question phrasing for measuring software team engagement.

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Leadership for Software Teams

A primer on the concept of leadership.

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Motivating Engagement

Why care about employee engagement on software teams?"

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Software Team Leadership Book

Robin Bate Boerop's book: Software Team Leadership.

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