Posts in : "Technical Leadership"

  • If Only We Were Just a Bit Bigger…

    Have you ever found yourself pondering what it would be like if your agency had just a bit bigger development team? You could start mentoring your juniors because you have that new senior developer now. You could do code reviews because everyone wouldn’t always be working at 100% ...

  • Be Careful What You Promise

    I just didn’t feel like it. In what I thought was a conversation between just my wife and me, we discussed taking our daughter downtown for a horse carriage ride around Christmastime. You can tell a kid 1,000 times to not tease their sibling, to feed the dog, or to clean up their room ...

  • Helping Your Development Team Achieve Their Goals

    Does setting goals for your team end up looking like setting New Years Resolutions? Week 1: You jump in wholeheartedly. Conversations are had. Goals are set. You even found a new Fancy Tool™ to track progress! Week 2: Fancy Tool™ reminds you to check in on goal progress. Not too ...

  • If Your Software Team Was a Football Team Instead…

    No, I’m not asking you to consider what it would be like for your Jr. Dev to play Defensive Back in the NFL, nobody could stomach watching that… What I am asking you to consider is this: What would it look like if your team operated like a competitive sports team? When your Wide ...

  • Making the Most of Performance Reviews

    After my post on communicating with your team through reviews, I was asked by a reader about what to do if dropping annual performance reviews isn’t an option for their organization. Let’s talk about how to make the most of this circumstance. Don’t Settle for Just Annual ...

  • Communicating with Your Team: Reviews

    In my last post, I wrote about communicating with your team through 1-on-1s. Today, I want to talk about reviews. What are they? How should they be implemented? What are the pros and cons of this communication method? Reviews What is it? If you’ve been employed for any amount of time, you ...

  • Communicating with Your Team: 1-on-1s

    In my last post, I wrote about communicating with your team through retrospectives. Today, I want to talk about 1-on-1s. What are they? How should they be implemented? What are the pros and cons of this communication method? 1-on-1s What are they? 1-on-1s are really just that: a one-on-one ...

  • Communicating with Your Team: Retrospectives

    In my last post, I wrote about communicating with your team through stand-ups. Today, I want to talk about retrospectives. What are they? How should they be implemented? What are the pros and cons of this communication method? Retrospectives What are they? By definition, the word ...

  • Communicating with Your Team: Stand-Ups

    I think we can all agree that being in communication with our developers is hugely important for the productivity and health of our team, but the real question is what communication should look like in order to be productive. There are all types of models, new and old, for team communication so ...

  • How to Give Meaningful Team Recognition

    In my last post, I wrote about making sure to give your team recognition but if you are like me knowing how to give praise well might not be especially natural or obvious. Let’s look at how you can give meaningful recognition that will have a positive impact and strengthen team culture. ...