Followers

December 30, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

In the December 2007 Harvard Business Review, Barbara Kellerman presented a typology to help discern between different followers in an organization. While a distinction is made that most studies are focused on leaders, I think we are really talking about the same thing here. What is important is how all of this plays in the realm of relationships within an organization. Read more

Actually, It IS All About You

December 23, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Teamwork 

If we look at how most branded approaches for software development are pitched, we see that there is little active consideration for the team that will be dealing with that new approach. One could cynically suggest that this is because these approaches are being hailed as silver bullets that are independent of the participants, but I think it goes deeper than that. Read more

Birthing the Spec

December 16, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: People, Process 

It’s a scenario that gets played over and over again in software shops: the person designated as the analyst for a project, sometimes the CTO, sometimes also the project manager, heads into the birthing hut at the start of the project, and doesn’t come out until the spec is born. This analogy hurts in so many ways. Read more

Cultural Vital Signs

December 2, 2007 by · Comment
Filed under: Leadership, People 

Once in a while, I get the opportunity to work with a great team, in a company that ‘gets it’. Read more

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