Get uncomfortable

This blog is about technical topics and being a technical lead. Understanding architecture is part of it, but if you don’t reflect on understanding people then you will never be a leader. I don’t have all the answers but it starts with accepting you can learn from others, and some of what they share will … More Get uncomfortable

Unsuccessful Teams

Game Outcomes In a previous post, I looked at how to create successful teams, and looked at the Game Outcomes project as a useful formulation. Some of these points are about avoiding negatives and that’s what I want to focus on here. The most important indicators for success from the Game Outcomes project are: Great … More Unsuccessful Teams

Successful teams

Successful teams deliver successful projects. As a lead, how do you build a successful team? There are many factors to build a successful team, but the foundation of them all is safety. Can problems be discussed openly? Does everyone trust everyone else? And once you have that, the team can build. Build diversity, build towards … More Successful teams

CodeCraftConf 2018 : Successfully Growing A Team

Thanks to everyone who came to my CodeCraftConf session today, and to the organisers for all their hard work. Here’s the questions I asked, and I’ll follow up with my thoughts from the discussion. Successfully Growing A Team When is it time to grow your team? How do you deal with resistance from existing team … More CodeCraftConf 2018 : Successfully Growing A Team

Sometimes the greatest challenge of leadership is making your boss understand what you do all day

Everyone loves a maverick. The one who bends the rules, who gets the job done. Who leaves fireworks in his wake (it’s always a man) and doesn’t mind breaking a few chickens to make an omelette. The people who rescue the projects in a tailspin, who shout loud and carry a big stick. What happens … More Sometimes the greatest challenge of leadership is making your boss understand what you do all day

I’d rather be proved wrong than miss the chance to improve

One of my favourite books is Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. The setup for the sorry is an old astronomy professor who has won his planet’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize for proving that the six suns in his solar system would never set on his planet at the same time. And night … More I’d rather be proved wrong than miss the chance to improve