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The ancient art of leading teams

The ancient art of leading teams

TL;DR Even today, many treat leading teams as a modern form of livestock herding. Limit the information (to avoid distraction), assign tasks, make a checkpoint each week, force controlled crunch before deadline, rinse & repeat. Fortunately, we can do…

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Common misconceptions regarding code ownership

Common misconceptions regarding code ownership

TL;DR If you see that teams "reject" the (part of) codebase, working with it lowers their engagement level, they have neither energy nor will to tackle its challenges, it's very rarely the matter of codebase's size. Sober-minded…

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Rotting aura of a Bottleneck Superhero

Rotting aura of a Bottleneck Superhero

Have you ever met a Bottleneck Superhero (BS)? I guess you can't tell as the term doesn't tell you anything. No surprise as I've just coined it for the sake of this blog post :> Yes, people who know me…

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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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Productive conflict: why some degree of discord is essential

Productive conflict: why some degree of discord is essential

I've recently read Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team - widely recognized classic on leadership & executive management. I'm not going for a full review here (you can easily find my review on Goodreads), but I want to refer to…

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Body-leasing: self-imposed trend to make team shaping even harder

Body-leasing: self-imposed trend to make team shaping even harder

This blog post is some sort of a supplement to my previous post on building teams organically - you can find it here. As we all know, software developer job market is terribly twisted by huge disproportion between demand (crazy)…

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