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Workshop from I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 on how to lead technical teams.

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- Five duties of technical leaders
- Change management process
- How to communicate effectively

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  • 1. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Leading Technical Teams Flavius Stef | I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 1.0
  • 2. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Agenda Why should people follow you? What makes a great leader? Patterns for catalyzing change How can you make change happen? How to listen and talk to others Reduce noise in conversations 1. 2. 3.
  • 3. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Me? Flavius Stef In I.T. since 2002 Agile Coach and Trainer Was: – Web Developer – Project Manager – Scrum Master – Product Owner – Co-founder flavius.stef@mozaicworks.com (Twitter) @FlaviusStef
  • 4. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Visual Map
  • 5. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Why are you here? One leader you admire One leader you dislike
  • 6. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Why should people follow YOU?Why should people follow YOU?
  • 7. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Module agenda Solve one leadership problem Create strategy and debrief Leadership qualities The five areas to master Redo leadership problem Adjust strategy and debrief 1. 2. 3.
  • 8. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Solve the leadership challenges At least 4 actions 07' create strategy 03' debrief
  • 9. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 What does a leader do? Demonstrates character Clarifies direction Solves problems Increases motivation Develops people
  • 10. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Demonstrates character Expose and embody your values Communicate properly Have a positive attitude Be disciplined
  • 11. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Clarifies direction Envision the future Democratize information Enlist others Expect the best
  • 12. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Solves problems Understand the problem Generate ideas Enable collaboration Challenge the status quo
  • 13. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Increases motivation Care about others Answer: “What's in it for me?” Amplify or dampen voices Recognize contributions
  • 14. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Develops people Set challenging goals Explain thought process Provide mentoring Create a learning community
  • 15. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 What does a leader do? Demonstrates character Clarifies direction Solves problems Increases motivation Develops people
  • 16. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Modify strategy At least 2 actions 05' change 05' debrief
  • 17. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 During break Two leadership characteristics Find pair Discuss three next actions
  • 18. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Learn More ● Gerald Weinberg – Becoming a Technical Leader ● Roy Osherove – Notes to a Software Team Leader ● John Maxwell – Developing the Leader Within You ● Kouzes & Posner – The Leadership Challenge ● David Allen – Getting Things Done ● Richard Hackman – Leading Teams
  • 19. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Patterns for catalyzing changePatterns for catalyzing change
  • 20. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Groups of 3-4 What techniques do you use for instigating change? 05' techniques 05' debrief
  • 21. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Module agenda Before starting First one-two months Next one-two months After that Throughout 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  • 22. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 BEFORE STARTING
  • 23. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Define the purpose
  • 24. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Communicate the purpose Icon: Renaud Mignerey, from The Noun Project
  • 25. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Create the team Icon: Björn Andersson, from The Noun Project
  • 26. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Create the team http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DiffusionOfInnovation.png
  • 27. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 FIRST 1-2 MONTHS
  • 28. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Train everybody
  • 29. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Ensure slack while learning Icon: Jeremy Boatman, from The Noun Project
  • 30. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Ensure slack while learning
  • 31. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Address both rider and elephant Ron Baldesancho, from The Noun ProjectLuis Prado, from The Noun Project
  • 32. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 NEXT 1-2 MONTHS
  • 33. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Find and promote small wins Matthew R. Miller, from The Noun Project
  • 34. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Coach and mentor Videologin.net, from The Noun Project
  • 35. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 AFTER THAT
  • 36. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Keep pushing until it's the norm Rohan Gupta, from The Noun Project
  • 37. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 THROUGHOUT
  • 38. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Plan D o StudyAct
  • 39. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 WRAP UP
  • 40. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 BEFORE FIRST NEXT THEN Define Purpose Communicate Purpose Create team Train everybody Ensure slack Address rider AND elephant Find & promote small wins Coach and mentor Keep pushing until it's the new “normal” Plan Do Study Act
  • 41. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 You are the professional. Demand respect for your experience. DARE!DARE!
  • 42. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Groups of 3-4 Solve the change challenges 10' group work 05' debrief
  • 43. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Learn More ● Geoffrey Moore – Crossing the Chasm ● Chip & Dan Heath – Switch ● Linda Rising – Fearless Change ● Jurgen Appelo – How to Change the World ● John Kotter – Leading Change, The Heart of Change ● Google: “The Satir Change model” ● Google: “Plan-Do-Study-Act”
  • 44. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 How to listen and talk to othersHow to listen and talk to others
  • 45. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Module agenda Types of communication behaviors Aggressive, Submissive, Assertive Hearing what they say Listening and powerful questions Giving feedback Inferences and a feedback model 1. 2. 3.
  • 46. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Three types of behavior Aggressive Submissive Assertive
  • 47. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Aggressive communication ● Focus on self: opinions, rights ● Disregard others (no listening) ● Lack of skills or trust in skills ● Assumption that it's effective ● Alienation ● Concentrate on short vs long term ● Sometimes it escalates
  • 48. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Submissive communication ● Need to avoid confrontation ● Low self-esteem ● Don't express own opinions, feelings ● Accept offense ● Buried resentment and anger ● Not involved in decision making
  • 49. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Assertive communication ● Honest, Determined, Respectful ● Congruent communication: words, gestures, feelings ● Investigate other person's feelings ● Ask for what you want ● It's ok to say “no” ● It's ok to say “I don't know” ● You can change your mind
  • 50. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Answer the quiz 05' individual work
  • 51. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Levels of listening LEVEL 0 No listening Interrupting Think what to say next Say your opinion LEVEL 1 Wait for the other to finish Try to understand their point Say your opinion LEVEL 2 Listen to what's not being said Understand their point and their feelings Reflect point and feelings
  • 52. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Closed questions ● Is it true that...? ● Why did you...? ● Is this a good idea? ● Have you thought this through? ● Can you give me an example? ● Does this answer your question? ● Can I help you with something?
  • 53. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Open-ended questions ● Please describe... ● What do you hope to achieve? ● How would that help? ● What have you tried? ● What would X advise? ● What other options do we have? ● What would success look like?
  • 54. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Listening exercise Work in pairs Think of a situation at work and describe it to your pair 2x 03' no listening _______closed questions 2x 03' empathic listening, _______open-ended questions
  • 55. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Ladder of inference Observable data Selected data Interpret data Assumptions Conclusions Beliefs Actions Feedback loop
  • 56. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 How to give feedback May I give you some feedback? When you (state observations) Then I (state feelings) Because I (state needs) Would you (state desired behavior) ?
  • 57. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Feedback challenges Work in pairs, take turns 4x 01'
  • 58. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Learn More ● Lyssa Adkins – Coaching Agile Teams ● Edgar Schein – Humble Inquiry ● Tony Stoltzfus – Coaching Questions ● Tom DeMarco – Peopleware ● Johanna Rothman – Behind Closed Doors ● Dale Carnegie – How to Make Friends and Influence People ● Arbinger Institute – Leadership and Self-Deception
  • 59. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 That's a wrap! Thanks! flavius.stef@mozaicworks.com flaviusstef.wordpress.com Search: Twitter, LinkedIn, FB
  • 60. Leading Technical Teams I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 Photo credits Cover: https://flic.kr/p/4kqC8H Cubs in a row: https://flic.kr/p/no4sib Portaits: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: {Jonathan.Ive.jpg,Marissa_Mayer_May_2014_(cropped).jpg,Martin_Fowler_(2008) .jpg,Tyson_-_Apollo_40th_anniversary_2009.jpg} Tree: https://flic.kr/p/8AYb1v Crossroads: https://flic.kr/p/7GWMCc High five: https://flic.kr/p/4YJRQ7 Support dude: https://flic.kr/p/gV1Ltr Guy doing kata: https://flic.kr/p/9aJGNi Cat on leash: https://flic.kr/p/a1T2C Arguing tigers: https://flic.kr/p/nqVpFP Cat with bow: https://flic.kr/p/7Q7wY