Is your software team headed the wrong way? Is it inefficient? Changing that will require leadership. You don't need to be the boss to lead, but you do need to know how. Leadership best practices have changed in the work-from-home era. This talk gives the new essential techniques.
Leadership is the practice of social influence in pursuit of a goal. Anyone can lead. The leadership of teams is not restricted to the nominated leaders. This talk is for members of software teams; it aims to inform all team stakeholders - engineers, designers, product owners, and, yes, designated managers - of essential work-from-home leadership skills.
I begin by presenting a 2-part context. The first part of the context is the new normal state of working from home. The second part of the context is a useful summary of already-known best practices for effective leadership. Then, I'll describe essential techniques for effectively leading software teams in that context — techniques gleaned from 15 years of remote work with software development organizations.
This is not a talk about how to better use Slack and Zoom. It is about techniques without which your leadership efforts will fall flat when working remotely.
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Essential Techniques for Leading Software Teams in the Work From Home Era
Robin has been making software professionally for 20 years. For 9 years, he has led software teams in consulting engagements and as part of Silicon Valley tech startups. He co-founded a Canadian software technology company that was acquired in 2014. Haskell is his preferred programming language, but his recent coding contributions have been DevOps engineering efforts for which he uses Nix. Robin is a software development consultant at Tweag.