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Building Teams
We Got It All Wrong
Pawel Brodzinski
@pawelbrodzinski
Hi, I’m Pawel
Lunar Logic
http://lunarlogic.io

Blog
http://brodzinski.com

Twitter
@pawelbrodzinski
Teamwork
Teamwork
What makes one a great
candidate?
Technical skills?
Craftsmanship?
Communication skills?
Learning?
Something else?
Software developer
superhero
in·tel·li·gence noun in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)s
(1) : the ability to learn or understand or to deal with
new or trying situations :...
Experiment
791864
Fish eat candy
Mice are bigger than dogs
17th century cars were slow
Red lemons are sweeter
Japaneese currency is USD
Java is interpreted language
Thank you
Intelligence
is fragile
Intelligence
versus
Collective Intelligence
How are individual
and collective intelligence
correlated?
There’s no connection
between individual
intelligence and
collective intelligence
Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intell...
Collective intelligence
trumps
individual intelligence
Collective intelligence was much more
predictive in terms of succeeding in
complex tasks than average individual
intellige...
Software development
is not writing code
Indicators of collective
intelligence

Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
Indicators of collective
intelligence
Social perceptiveness

Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Group...
Indicators of collective
intelligence
Social perceptiveness
Communication quality

Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intel...
Indicators of collective
intelligence
Social perceptiveness
Communication quality
Moderate cognitive style diversity
Sourc...
Cognitive styles
Object viualizers (visual arts)
Spatial visualizers (engineering)
Verbalizers (humanities)

Source: O. Bl...
Indicators of collective
intelligence
Social perceptiveness
Communication quality
Moderate cognitive style diversity
Sourc...
How would you feel about
working with women
in a team?
The more women the
better collective
intelligence*

Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
It’s not about any
diversity;
it’s about gender
What team size makes it
the most effective?
Bigger teams have better
collective intelligence*

Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
There’s no difference in
productivity or quality
between teams of 5-9 and
10-12 people
Source: Larry Maccherone: Quantifyi...
We got it all wrong
Sofware development
is a team sport
Sofware development
is about solving
complex problems
Collective intelligence
trumps
individual intelligence
Not technical skills
Not individual intelligence
Social perceptiveness
Evenness of communication
Moderate diversity of
cognitive styles
TL;DR: More women!
Thank you
Pawel Brodzinski
brodzinski.com
lunarlogic.io
@pawelbrodzinski
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Let’s talk for a while about how we build our teams. Best technical talent that we can find. Good engineering practices. Craftsmanship. Aren’t we full of that stuff? Oh yes, we are. Surprisingly enough that’s exactly the problem.

Last time I checked building software has been a team sport. So the question is: what does make a team effective? Once the question is answered we may want to rethink the ways we build our teams.

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  1. 1. Building Teams We Got It All Wrong Pawel Brodzinski @pawelbrodzinski
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Pawel Lunar Logic http://lunarlogic.io Blog http://brodzinski.com Twitter @pawelbrodzinski
  3. 3. Teamwork
  4. 4. Teamwork
  5. 5. What makes one a great candidate?
  6. 6. Technical skills?
  7. 7. Craftsmanship?
  8. 8. Communication skills?
  9. 9. Learning?
  10. 10. Something else?
  11. 11. Software developer superhero
  12. 12. in·tel·li·gence noun in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)s (1) : the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations : reason; also : the skilled use of reason (2) : the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria (as tests) Souce: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intelligence
  13. 13. Experiment
  14. 14. 791864
  15. 15. Fish eat candy
  16. 16. Mice are bigger than dogs
  17. 17. 17th century cars were slow
  18. 18. Red lemons are sweeter
  19. 19. Japaneese currency is USD
  20. 20. Java is interpreted language
  21. 21. Thank you
  22. 22. Intelligence is fragile
  23. 23. Intelligence versus Collective Intelligence
  24. 24. How are individual and collective intelligence correlated?
  25. 25. There’s no connection between individual intelligence and collective intelligence Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  26. 26. Collective intelligence trumps individual intelligence
  27. 27. Collective intelligence was much more predictive in terms of succeeding in complex tasks than average individual intelligence or maximal individual intelligence Anita Woolley
  28. 28. Software development is not writing code
  29. 29. Indicators of collective intelligence Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  30. 30. Indicators of collective intelligence Social perceptiveness Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  31. 31. Indicators of collective intelligence Social perceptiveness Communication quality Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  32. 32. Indicators of collective intelligence Social perceptiveness Communication quality Moderate cognitive style diversity Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  33. 33. Cognitive styles Object viualizers (visual arts) Spatial visualizers (engineering) Verbalizers (humanities) Source: O. Blazhenkova, M. Kozhevnikov: The New Object-Spatial-Verbal Cognitive Style Model
  34. 34. Indicators of collective intelligence Social perceptiveness Communication quality Moderate cognitive style diversity Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  35. 35. How would you feel about working with women in a team?
  36. 36. The more women the better collective intelligence* Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  37. 37. It’s not about any diversity; it’s about gender
  38. 38. What team size makes it the most effective?
  39. 39. Bigger teams have better collective intelligence* Source: Anita Woolley: Collective Intelligence in Human Groups
  40. 40. There’s no difference in productivity or quality between teams of 5-9 and 10-12 people Source: Larry Maccherone: Quantifying the impact of Lean, Kanban, and Agile practices
  41. 41. We got it all wrong
  42. 42. Sofware development is a team sport
  43. 43. Sofware development is about solving complex problems
  44. 44. Collective intelligence trumps individual intelligence
  45. 45. Not technical skills Not individual intelligence
  46. 46. Social perceptiveness Evenness of communication Moderate diversity of cognitive styles
  47. 47. TL;DR: More women!
  48. 48. Thank you Pawel Brodzinski brodzinski.com lunarlogic.io @pawelbrodzinski
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