Leading a Distributed Team of Introverts

5f2da528927a2ec9ba4fec2069cbc958?s=47 Kyle Neath
September 09, 2014

Leading a Distributed Team of Introverts

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Kyle Neath

September 09, 2014
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  1. Kyle Neath

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  10. U N C O M F O R T A

    B L E
  11. Leadership What does it mean to be a leader?

  12. Leaders design organizations

  13. Good People, Good Systems.

  14. How do design decisions get made? Design leadership:

  15. Status Updates

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  19. Email → Issues Visible to everyone.

  20. Design → Systems What is going to fail in the

    next 6-12 mon?
  21. Shipping? → Radar Reverse TPS reports (onus on leader)

  22. Product Health Check Last month’s ships Problems & opportunities Internal

    concerns Question / challenge
  23. Why do I like radar threads? Time zone independent Encourages

    contemplation / reflection Links! Evidence! (understand the system) Important topics resurface
  24. How do design decisions get made? Design leadership:

  25. Instilling Taste

  26. Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit.

    Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules. … THE ZEN OF PYTHON
  27. Responsive is better than fast. It's not fully shipped until

    it's fast. Anything added dilutes everything else. Practicality beats purity. Approachable is better than simple. Mind your words, they are important. Speak like a human. Half measures are as bad as nothing at all. Encourage flow. Non-blocking is better than blocking. Favor focus over features. Avoid administrative distraction. Design for failure. Keep it logically awesome. GITHUB ZEN
  28. https://api.github.com/zen

  29. https://api.github.com/octocat

  30. How do design decisions get made? Design leadership:

  31. Titles

  32. Employee 2009

  33. Employee Director of Design 2009 2011

  34. You should not expect either of these fine gentlemen to

    change what they're doing, and that's the whole point. They created these roles and put themselves in it. We're just giving it a name.
  35. Employee Director of Design Employee 2009 2011 2012

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  37. ! ! 2 people 1 relationship

  38. ! ! 3 people 3 relationships !

  39. 4 people 6 relationships ! ! ! !

  40. ! ! 4 people 6 relationships ! !

  41. R = N ⨯ (N - 1) / 2 !

    ! ! !
  42. 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21, 28, 36, 45… !

    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! R = N ⨯ (N - 1) / 2
  43. 150 - 250 people Dunbar’s Number

  44. 11,000 - 30,000 relationships Dunbar’s Number

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  46. Titles are a map of your organization

  47. Employee Director of Design Employee Product Leader 2009 2011 2012

    2014
  48. Employee Director of Design Employee Product Leader VP of Product

    2009 2011 2012 2014
  49. VP of Kyle Neath Late 2014

  50. Not everyone is an extrovert (in fact, kind of a

    lot of us aren’t)
  51. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t

    Stop Talking Susan Cain