Notes to a Software Team Leader

  • by Roy Osherove
  • Narrated by Gorde Edlund
  • 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Are you an Architect? Scrum master? Team Leader? Project Manager? Either way, you will find that leadership, done right, is a very tough job. This audiobook deals with the hard parts. Not with tools, but with people.
Here is the manifesto that drives this audiobook: For us as team leaders, the goal and the way we measure our work is the overall growth in skills of self-organization and self-maintenance in each member of our team and the team as a whole.
To that end:

We accept that the team's needs from us change continuously based on their skills for handling the current reality of work, so we embrace a continuously changing leadership style over a one-style-fits-all leadership approach. We believe in challenging ourselves and our teams to always get better.
We create slack time for the team to learn and be challenged.
We embrace taking risks for our team over staying safe.
We embrace fear and discomfort while learning new skills over keeping people within their comfort zone.
We embrace experimentation as a constant practice over maintaining the status quo: With people, with tools, with processes, with the environment.
We believe our core practice is leading people, not wielding machines.
We embrace spending more time with our team than in meetings.
We embrace treating software problems as people problems.
We learn people skills and communication techniques.


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Customer Reviews

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Not very impressed

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A good read, but not very inspirational.

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I think it's rather old-style leadership notes. That might be all good, but not very new.

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- Henrik Ebbeskog

Weak lofty ideas

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I didn't get any useful information out of this book. There were many vague lofty ideas about managing people with no clear direction on how to implement. The few specific techniques mentioned, I would never use as they seemed very insensitive.

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- bigdatamark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2013
  • Publisher: Team Agile Publishing