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Technical Leadership in Software Companies

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

When leading a tech team, the first thing you should do this year is read [WayBack] Technical Leadership in Software Companies.

It helps you learn about what developers want and how they want to be managed.

Quoting the author:

Software developers have to be managed differently than people in other industries because their work is intellectual in nature. I took the audience through ways in which technical leadership can inspire software developers to achieve the extraordinary.

Via:

[WayBackTechnical Leadership in Software Companies.

TL;DR:

Things that matter to a developer.

  • It is no longer about Code quality
  • It is no longer about Maintainability
  • It is no longer about excellence towards the craft

The article is on how to achieve this from a management perspective.

Some bits:

The answer lies in Simon Senek’s Golden Circle.

Image: Golden Circle from Simon Senek

Improve your development process…

  • Feed as much as the WHYs and the HOWs that are meaningful for the developer.
  • Convert your business goals (the WHATs) to HOWs and WHYs.
  • Foster a culture where
    • Excellence is valued
    • Creativity is encouraged
    • Shortcuts and workaround are not entertained
    • Quality is the primary goal, not deadlines
    • In short, always lead from the inside-out

–jeroen

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