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5 Leadership Hacks For Building Great Teams

5 Leadership Hacks For Building Great Teams

"People don't quit their job, they quit their boss"

Ever wondered if there is a way to systematically get better as a manager? What if you could apply concepts such as "code reviews" to your managerial decisions? What if you could learn how to help your teammates become more productive without micro-manage them?

Managing people is hard, I know because I’m a practitioner, not a theorist. Learn from detailed insights, based on building, growing and mentoring teams and managers over the last 6 years.

In this talk, you will learn 5 pragmatic and actionable ways to boost your management skills.

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Oren Ellenbogen

June 20, 2013
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  2. • Engineer at Commerce Sciences • Curator of http://softwareleadweekly.com/ 

    sign up! • ex. Delver (Sears Israel) Director of Engineering Blog: lnbogen.com @orenellenbogen SoftwareLeadWeekly.com + Oren Ellenbogen
  3. • Management and leadership skills can and should be intentionally

    and proactively practiced. • Continuous feedback is the only way to systematically improve over time.
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  5. “People don't quit their job, they quit their boss”

  6. Reminder No more “one man show”, sorry. (subtle)

  7. Then Now The real question: How do you make your

    teammates X10 better?
  8. 1 Create a system where you can proactively learn from

    others hack #
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  10. • • •

  11. 2 Intentional peer pressure will create learning opportunities hack #

  12. Break it into small pieces together Create interfaces & mocks

    Task A Task A Task B Task B Task C Task C Integration … … Peer pressure Break big problems into smaller ones Code review Co-ownership Design + estimation skills
  13. 3 “Great leaders create culture by design, while average leaders

    allow culture to evolve by default” -- Mike Myatt hack #
  14. http://blog.flickr.net/en/2013/04/19/dad-illustrates-kids-sandwich-bags-with-imaginative-drawings/

  15. One little poster… Cost: ~70 NIS < 15 minutes of

    work
  16. The last person to join is responsible to create a

    personal welcome kit to the next employee. . Hires How To Use Your Unfair Advantage To Create an Unforgettable First Day For New Read more:
  17. 4 Reduce philosophical debates and unicorn-style solutions. hack #

  18. Sometimes, we tend to build the wrong stuff. So -

    optimize for (business) learning. Suggested model: 1. How easy will it be to add new features? 2. How easy will it be to change existing feature? 3. How easy will it be for a new teammate to become productive?
  19. 5 Leading by example means to put yourself in their

    shoes too hack #
  20. To a level where you can: 1. Conduct an intelligent

    conversation. 2. Provide feedback. 3. Help with prioritization. Can they own it? Can they educate the team?
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