The Social Developer @ Geecon 2014


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These are my slides from my talk about 'The Social Developer' at the Geecon 2014 Conference in Krakow, Poland.

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  • This is not a talk aboutfacebook
  • Or twitter
  • Or even google+Although these companies do trive on socialdevelopers
  • This is a talk aboutmotivation, aboutpeople and about teamsIn his book Drive Daniel Pink talksaboutMotivation and howthere are 3 kinds of motivation.Motivation 1.0Motivation 2.0Motivation 3.0
  • Motivation 1.0needtosurvive, find shelter and procreate
  • Motivation 2.0 : carrot and stickYou get a rewardifyou do good, you get punishedifyou do bad.This has been the way management has been workingsince the industrialrevolution.And it has proven enormouslyeffecientfordoingsimplerepetitivetasks.But it’s based on extrinsicmotivation : management assumethatpeoplewillnot do anythingunlessthey are eitherrewarded or punishedThe last 20 yearsthis has changedenormously.Wikipedia vs MS encarta..
  • Motivation 3.0 Autonomy (Time, Team, Tools)Mastery (Striveformastery)Purpose (we need a purposebiggerthanourselves)
  • Drie vragen aan het publiek :Whohere is a developer, pleaseraiseyour hand.Whohere is a manager, pleaseraiseyour hand.Now, whoherecanhonestly say he or she is happy?A socialdeveloper is a person whoisn’tafraidtochallengehimself and the peoplearoundhim.What’s a Social Developer? A social developer is a person who :          - Wants to teach          - wants to learn          - wants to strive for mastery in his life          - wants to play          - wants to feel part of something bigger (wants to have a purpose)          - wants to be in the zone and go with the flow.     -
  • Say hellotomywonderfulllittle boy Leander.For me this pictures says more than a thousandwords, the joy and wonder itexpressesmakes me happy and glad tobealive.We allusedtobelikethislittlebundle of joy, whendid we loose the wonder? Whendid we loose the joy in our live?We lost it at school, we lost it at work. Nowlet’scometogether and finditanew.Don’tbeafraidto search foryouhappiness and the happiness of thosearoundyou!
  • Flow is somethingchildren have in heaps. Flow is that moment wheneverythingcomestogether and itsimplyworks.Wetheryourworking on a new api, a new mobile application or simplyplayingan instrument or running 5 miles.Flow is what drives people, moments of flow is what we needtobecome a better person and a bettersocialdeveloper.Sowheredid we losethiscapacitytofind flow? Did we looseit at school? Or maybe at home?Did we start thinking thatdoingcertainthings are childish and workshouldnotbefun, itshouldbe hard unfunlabour.
  • Striveforautonomybecause in autonomy lies the roadto more flow momentsAutonomy in teamAutonomy in timeAutonomy in taskAutonomy in technique
  • Striveformastery, but nowthatmastery is somethingyoucan never achieve.Thistruely is about the way youtravel in yourpursuit and notabout the goal and destination.Youalways want tobecomebetterAfterevery step you’ve taken you’llevaluatewhatyoudid and howyoucanimprove it.Learnfromeverythingyou doAnd never be content but alwaysstrivetobetteryourself
  • But ofcourse, gettingautonomy and tryingformastery is onlypossibleifyou have a purpose.Findingyourpurposecanbedifficult, but maybethiscan help :Thinkaboutyourfuneral and whatpeopleshouldbesayingaboutyou.Thinkabouthowyou want toberemembered
  • An investment in yourself is the best investment youcan make.It’s the one investment thatwill last a lifetime.For example : start playingan instrument, start loosingweightYouwillbecome a more fun person, notonly at work but more importantly at home.
  • Be AssertivenotAggresiveAssertiveness : All of the previous isn't possible if you don't start doing things. Just do it Nike would say :) How can you start making these changes?  Learn how to be assertive, learn how to express your opinion and believe in the value of your own opinion. Don't become somebody who only listens to himself, listen to other people's opinions and share your own with them. Believe in your own worth and in the worth of others.Be assertive not aggressive, watch out for any signs you're become aggressive, because that would undo all the good that you have done.These are signs that you are too aggressive :     - You start raising your voice in a discussion.     - You feel like everybody is always wrong and you are the only one who's right     - People start ignoring you, and when you ask why they will answer evasively      - You feel anger and even rage when something doesn't go right.
  • Don't be afraid, life is to short! : life every day as if it where your last, someday you'll be right!Or if you don't like this saying : life every day as if it was your first in this world, what would you do and where would you go?Don't be afraid of failure, failure doesn't exist, it's just a lesson we haven't learned yet.Have faith in yourself and your ability, find your purpose and search for Mastery. Don't be afraid of your manager, he's just a person like you!
  • You have 2 ears and onemouth, usethem…Listen topeople, train yourselftoactually listen totheminstead of already thinking aboutyour reply.Listen topeople’s views, beinterested and askquestions.Whoknowyoumightactuallylearnsomething
  • When you've got a problem at work you've got several easy options :Don't say anything about it, just keep on doing your work as best as you can. But in time this problem will continue to grow and you'll loose your focus and your enthusiasm. Eventually it will become a loose-loose situation for both you and your company.Leave your company and go do the same job at a different company. This might work, but you will eventually run into the same problem. Remember : the grass isn't always greener on the other side.Leave your company and go do a totally different kind of job. This might be the solution for all your problems and is actually not such a bad option if you really hate your current job. Just be sure to watch out that the problem you've run away from isn't coming back in another form in your new job.And you've got one harder, but eventual more satisfying option:         Talk about it with your manager and your team. Be open about it, try thinking about solutions and not just search for blame. Don't go running from the problem, face it! You might be surprised about the results, it could be that others share the problem. Or that they had no idea about it but want to help you fix it. And in the event that you can't fix the problem, you can still choose one of the 3 earlier options. But at least you'll know that you've tried.
  • Management is People Too!
  • Manager is a terrible word, it makes us think of people who will tell us what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Without taking our wishes, insights, experience into consideration. For most of us to manage means to micro manage, to think that those who you are supposed to manage wouldn't do anything if you don't continuously controlled them and punished them if they did something wrong. (The carrot and the stick approach)Daniel Pink explains this wonderful in his book 'Drive', he tells us that this type of management has been invented in the late 19th century and hasn't changed much since then.But our work has changed massively. From doing simple repetitive tasks we've gone to doing creative problem solving tasks without an easy step-to-step solution. Why hasn't management kept up? Why do we still need to explain each and every thing we do? Pink tells us that management can also be about creating environments where people can work without control, where people can become more creative in their search for solutions. It can supporting instead of controlling. Who would want to have a manager who asks what you want, how you want to do it and how he can help you accomplish that goal? Most good things come in threes and so does this one. To motivate people we have to help them achieve :     - Autonomy      - Mastery     - Purpose
  • Don't be afraid, life is to short! : life every day as if it where your last, someday you'll be right!Or if you don't like this saying : life every day as if it was your first in this world, what would you do and where would you go?Don't be afraid of failure, failure doesn't exist, it's just a lesson we haven't learned yet.Have faith in yourself and your ability, find your purpose and search for Mastery. Don't be afraid of your manager, he's just a person like you!
  • The roadahead : howto get there?The roadisn’t set, itisn’t a paved 10-lane highway, it’s a roadeach and everyone of uswill have to make forourown.My roadwillnotbeyourroad, yourroadwillnotbe mine. Theymight cross but we will have tofind the way ourselves.Ifyou follow somebodyelse’sroadyou’ll run the risk of startingto living somebodyelses life!Don’tbeafraid… tocreateyourown way in life!
  • What isn’t a team?I always heare a team should consist of people who are all capable of replacing eachother, people should be interchangeable so a team will never lose some critical knowledge or so nobody will become a bottle-neck. In a team like that people will strive to be exactly alike, and not to excel in anything. In a team like that the best you can hope for is mediocrity.Don’t be afraid to have some real different personalities, with some real different skills in your team, I’ll give you 2 examples where very different personalities with very different skills come together and become more than the sum of their parts and skills.
  • The A-team is a prime example, 4 very different individualswhoall have theirown special skills :Murdockwho’s the people and nut-jobBA who’s the muscleFace who’s the pretty boy thatcan get youanythingAnd ofcourse Hannibal wholovesitwhen a plan comestogether.4 very different characters, whoall are generalytrained as special forces, but have different capabilitiesthatoncecombined make themexcell as a team.
  • The avengers : a team of superhero’s in their own right who when placed together will become even better.
  • Buildsomescaffolding in your company soyourpeoplecanexplore new incentives, findtheirpurpose and start aimingformastery.Get toknowhowto start beingautonomous in team, task, technique and time
  • Invest in yourself and others
  • Invest
  • Inspire
  • I hope I’veplanted a littleseedintoyourhearts and mindsthatonedaymightgrowinto a mighty tree.I canonlygiveyouone more advice :Don’tbeafraid!
  • The Social Developer @ Geecon 2014

    1. 1. The Social Developer Peter Van de Voorde
    2. 2. Peter Van de Voorde Schoonaarde, Belgium ALM Consultant @pvdevoor
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    27. 27. Recap 1.Hunt for Flow. 2.Autonomy – Mastery – Purpose 3.Invest in yourself. 4.Be assertive, not aggressive 5.Get out of your comfort zone (don’t be afraid) 6.You have 2 ears and 1 mouth, use them. 7.Choose door number 4. 8.Follow your heart and make your own way. @pvdevoor #socialdeveloper
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    40. 40. Recap 1.Invest in People. 2.Find your own incentives. 3.Build a scaffolding for your people. 4.Be a Leader, Not a Boss. 5.Strive for more than mediocrity. 6.Do the beer test. @pvdevoor #socialdeveloper
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    45. 45. Niech piwo !