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1 © 2010 Building the Next Generation of Technical Leaders

2 © 2010 Housekeeping

3 © 2010 Our Journey

4 © 2010 Introductions What is Technical Leadership? Our problem What we can do about it

5 © 2010 Who am I?

6 © 2010 Who are you?

7 © 2010 Introductions What is Technical Leadership? Our problem What we can do about it

8 © 2010 Ubiquitous Language!

9 © 2010 Define… A leader who spends at least 30% of their time coding with the team (our definition for today) Technical Leader Coding with the team Leadership activities

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11 Why do we have Technical Leaders?

12 © 2010 GOAL

13 © 2010 “The unspoken truth about managing geeks” Source: By Jeff Ello via Computer World -

14 © 2010 Software systems PeopleTools TechnologyProcess Leadership

15 © 2010 Introductions What is Technical Leadership? Our problem What we can do about it

16 © 2010 Why do IT projects fail?

17 © 2010 Fail ure

18 © 2010 Software systems PeopleTools TechnologyProcess Leadership

19 © 2010 “A bad system will beat a good person every time” W. Edwards Deming PeopleTools Technology Process Leadership

20 © 2010 Examples of damaging behaviour…

21 © 2010 Early morning refactor (late evening)

22 © 2010 Code

23 © 2010 ? ? ? ? Code

24 © 2010 “Benevolent” Dictator

25 © 2010 DIY (always)

26 © 2010 “The hard problems are mine”

27 © 2010 Our current system does not create effective Technical Leaders Problem Statement

28 © 2010 Software systems PeopleTools TechnologyProcess Leadership

29 © 2010 Should we be worried?

30 © 2010 Net Negative Producing Programmer

31 © 2010 Define… (noun) [a person] who insert enough spoilage to exceed the value of their production “The Net Negative Producing Programmer” by G. Gordon Schulmeyer Net Negative Producing Programmer

32 © 2010 *If you can measure productivity Net producing programmer Productivity* Better WorseSame Net neutral producing programmer Net negative producing programmer

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34 Net Negative Producing Programmer Technical Leader

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37 But how did they get there?

38 © 2010 It’s all perfectly logical…

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40 “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence” “The Peter Principle” (1969) by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

41 © 2010 Development Leadership Implementing new functionality Changing existing behaviour Writing tests Clean code Challenging assumptions Offering alternative solutions Ensuring everyone works towards a vision Growing talent Creating a healthy team environment Responsible for delivery Empowering everyone to make decisions Resolving conflict Story telling

42 © 2010 Introductions What is Technical Leadership? Our problem What we can do about it

43 © 2010 Step 1:Recognise the different skillset

44 © 2010 Development Leadership Implementing new functionality Changing existing behaviour Writing tests Clean code Challenging assumptions Offering alternative solutions Ensuring everyone works towards a vision Growing talent Creating a healthy team environment Responsible for delivery Empowering everyone to make decisions Resolving conflict Story telling

45 © 2010 Developing Technical Leadership Coaching Managing Facilitating Mentoring Teaching

46 © 2010 Step 1:Recognise the different skillset Step 2:Develop competence

47 © 2010 Dreyfus model of skills acquisition

48 © 2010 Dreyfus Affair

49 © 2010 Richard Dreyfus

50 © 2010 Julie Louis- Dreyfus

51 © 2010 Stuart Dreyfus

52 © 2010 Paper: A Five-Stage Model of the Mental Activities Involved in Directed Skill Acquisition

53 © 2010 Novice Advanced Beginner Competent Proficient Expert

54 © 2010 Novice in control Don’t put a

55 © 2010 Developmen t Leadership Remember this?

56 © 2010 Pair Programming ing

57 © :1s

58 © 2010 Shadowing

59 © 2010 Safe environments

60 © 2010 Step 1:Recognise the different skillset Step 2:Develop competence Step 4:Profit! (really)

61 © 2010 Learning as a team

62 © 2010 Celebrate success

63 © 2010 Opportunities to contribute

64 © 2010 Everyone is safe to fail (lead by humility)

65 © 2010 Conflicts resolved openly

66 © 2010 Introductions What is Technical Leadership? Our problem What we can do about it

67 © 2010 Software systems PeopleTools TechnologyProcess Leadership

68 © 2010

69 Closing notes…

70 © 2010 “…it is critical to acknowledge the impact of individuals and teams on end results” Source: QCon London recursive reference

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72 Questions?


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