Articles

Encouraging growth Agile Managers: Trust Your Team and Encourage Innovation

In order to fully embrace agile and create an environment where individuals want to work together as a team, managers have to move from a role of dictation to one of direction and mentorship. Instead of making all the decisions, managers need to trust their team members and empower them to solve problems on their own, innovate, and fail—or succeed.

Lisa Rich's picture Lisa Rich Mic Riley
leader in front of team Discovering Your Leadership Drive

Some people are born with the traits most suited to becoming an effective leader. Others may find that they have to work a lot harder to achieve success in a leadership role. But each of us has some innate potential to step up and take charge. If your team needs direction, don't be afraid to discover whether you could be the one to provide it.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Leadership influence Personality and the Influence of Positional Power

The power that comes from our positions and roles matters most in terms of our own influence and ability to achieve desired results. You may have limited ability to change your position within a structure, but you have limitless potential to understand and make the most of positional power.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
DevOps Team Finding a Balance of Power on a DevOps Team

There is a natural tension between development and operations. When this relationship is in balance, each side helps the other. But when there is imbalance, bad things can happen. Leslie Sachs details the pitfalls that can sabotage a DevOps team, as well as the checks and balances that will help the team achieve productivity and quality.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs

Better Software Magazine Articles

success Achieving Success through Servant Leadership

Regardless of whether you are working with a stellar team or one that struggles, your style of management can influence the success of the project. Joshua Dawson wants you to consider adopting servant leadership

Josh Dawson's picture Josh Dawson
Hire the Right Developer

Wondering why—with all the jobs you've applied for—you aren't getting noticed? Take it from Xojo CEO Geoff Perlman; it isn't just your programming or testing skills that will land you a job. Far from it. Geoff knows from experience that hiring the right individual is a careful blend of skill, fit, and passion.

Geoff Perlman's picture Geoff Perlman
Painful Lessons I Learned from Bootstrapping a Startup

If you are considering leaving the nest to self-fund your own endeavor, you may want to read about Mike Botsko's experience creating a cloud-based, bug-tracking app called Snowy Evening. What started out as a lot of fun quickly turned into a tough journey. Don't worry—it has a happy ending!

Mike Botsko's picture Mike Botsko
Overcoming Challenges That Impact Product Delivery

Eric Winquist has considerable experience not only leading his company but also consulting with development teams. His advice to “link people to the work” is one of many golden nuggets of information that will help your team deliver projects on time.

Eric Winquist's picture Eric Winquist

Interviews

Selena Delesie Leadership Lessons to Bolster Your Software Team: An Interview with Selena Delesie
Video

In this interview, visionary speaker Selena Delesie explains how successful teams embrace specific principles, including listening deeply, believing people truly matter, having an addiction to learning, serving others, flowing through change, moving through fear, and following joy.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
The Keys to a Successful Software Team: An Interview with Andy Kaufman
Podcast

In this interview, Andy Kaufman, the founder of the Institute for Leadership Excellence & Development, explains why team chemistry is often an afterthought, how enthusiasm can often trump skill, and how to deal with conflict.

Josiah Renaudin's picture Josiah Renaudin
Dan Skelsey discusses change management The Effective Change Manager's Handbook: An Interview with Dan Skelsey
Podcast

In this interview, Dan Skelsey, one of the editors for The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook, talks about all things change management, why it's important to focus on what is not changing, and where a good place to start is for your inevitable changes.

Cameron Philipp-Edmonds's picture Cameron Philipp-Edmonds
LogiGear's Hung Nguyen talks technology Technology Trends of the Future: An Interview with Hung Nguyen

Hung Nguyen, the CEO, president, and founder of LogiGear, sat down with our very own Cameron Philipp-Edmonds to discuss how far technology has come in the last twenty years, where it might end up twenty years from now, and what role testing plays in it all. 

Conference Presentations

Collocated East Logo Impersonal Leadership Is Dead: Be Courageous and Connect
Slideshow

Your people make your company worth working for and can propel it to greatness. Do you know the people you work with—their learning styles, what makes them extraordinary, their real motivation? The answers are critical to everyone’s success, making the difference between an alliance of...

Christopher Logan, RoZetta Technology
Collocated East Logo The Show Must Go On: Leadership Lessons from the Theater
Slideshow

When creating a play or movie, what are the first three rules of directing? Casting, casting, and casting. How does Saturday Night Live produce sketch after sketch of comedy? By iterating. John Krewson finds that the principles of leadership and management in the worlds of theatre, TV, and...

John Krewson, MasterCard Worldwide
Leadership for Test Managers and Testers
Slideshow

Many organizations spend a great deal of time and effort acquiring and learning to use the latest techniques and technology, but they make little or no attempt to train or mentor their staff to be better leaders. While it is true that technology is important, test teams without able...

Rick Craig, Software Quality Engineering
Building Agile Teams in a Global Environment
Slideshow

Many organizations use teams spread worldwide to develop valuable business applications. These organizations expect the teams to work as one harmonious unit without missing a beat—or should we say, a story point. A few organizations do it well; many not so well. Betsy Kauffman and Oscar...

Betsy Kauffman, Agile Pi and Oscar Rodriquez, Agile Pi

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