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Five techniques that can make our teamwork and our teams dramatically more effective. Nonetheless, they're nuances I almost never see teams doing (and that have made my own teams much more effective).
I'm an engineering-team and engineering-organization fire-jumper. This is stuff that works for me.
I've not only seen these techniques work with my teams, but... I'm also the co-author of the Study of Product Team Performance, in which correlations from the thousands of respondents on product teams all over the world have validated the universality of the nuances of two of these techniques.
I've been teaching and coaching managers and teams in all five for 15 years. It's time they get wider visibility, and a wider swath of teams and managers get a shot at leveraging them.
Presenter Ron Lichty has, for 30-plus years, championed delighting customers. He believes that strong product/engineering collaboration is essential to achieving that goal. Ron co-authored the Addison-Wesley book Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams (http://www.ManagingTheUnmanageable.net) and annually coauthors the Study of Product Team Performance (http://www.ronlichty.com/study.html).
Ron spent seven years as a programmer, two years as a product manager, and 25 years managing product and development organizations at all levels - at companies ranging in size from tiny startups to Charles Schwab, Stanford and Apple - to VP of engineering, VP of product and CTO.
He now consults across that realm, taking on interim VP Engineering roles, advising executive leaders how to untangle the knots in their product development organizations, training teams in agile, training managers in managing software people and teams, and coaching development teams and executives in making software development hum. (http://www.ronlichty.com)
Ron has long been a popular speaker at product, development and agile meetups and conferences. Ron@RonLichty.com