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Bossless: why neo-feudalism in IT is passé

Bossless: why neo-feudalism in IT is passé

TL;DR Surprisingly many engineers prefers to be explicitly told what to do, be given a clear end-to-end specification & the worst of all - have someone else representing them to the end of the world, translating "the current…

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My notes on looking for Software Engineering Manager job

My notes on looking for Software Engineering Manager job

TL;DR - These are not just great times to be a Software Engineer - it's even better to be a Software Engineering Manager. Plenty of open development opportunities help in shaping your own, individual professional profile. Physical world borders…

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Scoundrel Leadership: an unexpected (?) praise of

Scoundrel Leadership: an unexpected (?) praise of

TL;DR - commoditization of agile methods have brought a shift in thinking about managers' role & leadership in general, industry seems enchanted with idea of servant leadership, self-organizing teams & Management 3.0. But ... in fact the most successful…

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Where do you belong? Straddled between teams

Where do you belong? Straddled between teams

Once in a while I try to catch up on some classics I've somehow omitted to read. One of them is (was) Lencioni's "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team". Title may cause setting some wrong expectations, subtitle is…

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Trapped in a groupthink

Trapped in a groupthink

Have you heard about groupthink before? If you didn't, this blog post is for you - better to know such vicious enemy before you actually encounter him ... The most clear (& still concise) definition I've found goes like that: "…

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The pitfall of imposed leadership

The pitfall of imposed leadership

I was chosen by Heaven. Say my name when you pray. To the sky! See Carolus rise. (...) No man alive or dead commands me, I answer to the Lord! Hear my orders, question me and die. What I say was…

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