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Agile Lean Europe 2013 talk in Romania

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Rockstar developers: a blessing or a problem? Rockstar developers: a blessing or a problem? Presentation Transcript

  • A ROCK STAR DEVELOPER ON YOUR TEAM A B L E S S I N G O R A P R O B L E M ?
  • A ROCK STAR IS…
  • A ROCK STAR
  • A ROCK STAR (DEVELOPER)
  • A ROCK STAR (DEVELOPER) But anyway… …we are talking about people
  • THE AGILE MANIFESTO Communication People
  • PREMISES …but working with people can be complicated
  • PREMISES Most projects failures are related to people problems
  • PREMISES Some people can retain a big amount of information
  • PREMISES What happens if the person suddenly disappears for an unexpected reason?
  • PREMISES
  • WHAT IS THE BUS FACTOR?
  • WHEN? Unexpected situations
  • FACTORS INVOLVED ü Knowledge management ü Communication ü The team
  • KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT ü Code ü Documentation ü Project information
  • CODE
  • THE ROCK STAR DEVELOPER SYNDROME
  • Good way to to solve concentration of knowledge on the team Code Reviews Bug Hunters Promiscuous Pair Programming
  • DOCUMENTATION
  • DOCUMENTATION Public and dynamic Export to different formats Collaborative Advanced searches WIKI FORMAT Unless we are extremely careful entropy usually make documentation quality degrades over time.
  • THE BOY SCOUTS OF INFORMATION… …always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.
  • PROJECT INFORMATION
  • WE SHOULD HAVE Public radiators of information …where everybody can participate
  • Show the world your work
  • RADIATORS OF INFORMATION: TASKBOARDS
  • RADIATORS OF INFORMATION: TASKBOARDS
  • RADIATORS OF INFORMATION: TASKBOARDS
  • RADIATORS OF INFORMATION: POST-ITS Post-its are great but…we can’t store enough information on them.
  • RADIATORS OF INFORMATION: ISSUES TRACKER
  • RADIATORS OF INFORMATION
  • METRICS Gut feelings beat hard metrics
  • METRICS We use metrics primary to support process improvements, not to drive it.
  • COMMUNICATION EMPOWER
  • Men and women are communicative by nature
  • But, sometimes, it is not easy
  • TEMPERATURE OF THE COMMUNICATION Email Chat VideoConference Face to face Nothing
  • TEAM VISION
  • TEAM VISION What kind of a team would you like to be part of? What skills does team need? Who is essential to the team? What is the bus factor team?
  • One more thing
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS We work in Social Networks…
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS 6 degrees of separation Stanley Milgram
  • SOCIAL NETWORKS
  • LEVELS OF INFLUENCE James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis
  • LEVELS OF INFLUENCE 10% 70 % Convert yourself to the potential change for lot of people. You Co-workers
  • @ialcazar@rul_scofield