People are Weird, I’m Weird - The Lead Developer, London 2015

3abd4d4780f8bddabb22498f796b71b0?s=47 Sam Barnes
September 11, 2015
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People are Weird, I’m Weird - The Lead Developer, London 2015

Site: http://www.thesambarnes.com

The Internetz is full of articles about how to build & lead tech teams, however reading these will only get you so far. In order to become a successful tech lead you must also know how to manage people, including: clients, project teams, other colleagues and your bosses.

But guess what, every single one of these people are individuals and yet consistently we try to apply blanket rules to their ‘type’ and consider our people management skills complete. In this presentation, as well as explaining how he personally recruits and manages teams, Sam also posits that we should increase our awareness of the specific differences in people and adjust our views and behaviours accordingly when it comes to managing and working with other human beings.

ABOUT SAM BARNES

Sam is the Development Team Manager at Venntro. Although a little short for a Stormtrooper, he can be found writing at thesambarnes.com, a blog dedicated to digital project and team management.

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Sam Barnes

September 11, 2015
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  1. PEOPLE ARE WEIRD, I’M WEIRD

  2. @thesambarnes thesambarnes.com

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  4. RUBY iOS QA DESIGN and MORE venntro.com/careers WE’RE HIRING

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  10. SAM Y U NO DO TALK YET? SHORT MAN

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  17. HIRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

  18. 1. BULLSHITTING CANDIDATES 2. HIRING DOUCHEBAGS HIRING MISTAKES

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  21. 1. WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT WORKING HERE 2. WHAT’S BAD ABOUT

    WORKING HERE I TELL CANDIDATES
  22. WHY!? PEOPLE LOVE CANDOUR NO COMPANY IS PERFECT PEOPLE EXPECT

    BULLSHIT
  23. 1. THAT VALUE HONESTY 2. WHO ARE WISE I WANT

    TO ATTRACT PEOPLE TO MY TEAM
  24. 10 Work somewhere for a while, annoyed 20 Get frustrated

    at a few things 30 Hear others whinging about all the things 40 Try to change all the things 50 PRINT “CV” 60 Leave and work where things appear to be fixed 70 Honeymoon period and all the things are fixed 80 Start to notice some things 90 Things that were ok at last place are broken here 100 GOTO 10
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  26. BULLSHIT IS POINTLESS FOR CANDIDATES, CLIENTS, TEAMS & BOSSES IN

    THE LONG RUN
  27. You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the

    suspense: this girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other. Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting “
  28. The honesty. It started at my interview and never stopped.

    I’m really grateful that my boss is always honest with me. I think it rubs off on the whole team and means that there’s a great environment of mutual respect. Josh Hill “
  29. NEVER HIRE DOUCHEBAGS EVEN IF REALLY TALENTED DOUCHE TEST THE

    TM
  30. Testing is a task. Quality is an attitude. Rob Smith,

    MD at Blueleaf “
  31. ASSHOLE DOUCHEBAG =

  32. I don't care how good your engineer is, if they’re

    an asshole, fire them. Nathen Harvey, Tech Community Manager at Chef “
  33. TEAM BONDING

  34. It’s funny cos we’re freaks of nature. “ ”

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  36. TEAM BONDING TEAM CHARTERS

  37. 1. CHOOSE A NAME 2. CHOOSE A LOGO 3. WHAT

    THE TEAM SHOULD BE 4. WHAT THE TEAM BELIEVE IN TEAM CHARTER
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  39. SHOULD BE PROUD HAPPY LEARNING EVOLVING ADAPTABLE TEAM BOLT BELIEVE

    IN COMMUNICATING BEST PRACTICE SUPPORTING POSITIVITY TEACHING
  40. TEAM MONITORING TEAM RADAR

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  42. INTROVERTS& EXTROVERTS

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  47. 1. BORING 2. UNSOCIABLE 3. MISERABLE THINGS I’M CALLED 4.

    HOBBIT
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  50. I WAS JUDGING WHAT NORMAL WAS USING ME AS THE

    BENCHMARK FOR NORMAL
  51. IF YOU’RE NOT LIKE ME YOU’RE WEIRD!

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  54. INTROVERTS VS. EXTROVERTS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOW WE LOOK

    OR ACT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH HOW WE REACT TO STIMULATION AND RECHARGE OUR ENERGY LEVELS
  55. Extroverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel

    at their most alive, their most switched-on and their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environments. Susan Cain, The Power of Introverts “
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  58. 1. NO ONE IS A PURE INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT 2.

    AMBIVERTS HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS 3. BEING AN INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT IS OK 4. INTROVERSION HAS A NEGATIVE PERCEPTION 5. EXTROVERSION HAS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS 6. 1 IN 3 PEOPLE ARE INTROVERTED 7. INTROVERTS ARE IN THE MINORITY INTROVERTS VS. EXTROVERTS
  59. FAMOUS INTROVERTS

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  61. CULTURE OF PERSONALITY CULTURE OF CHARACTER CULTURE OF CHARACTER

  62. 19TH CENTURY CULTURE OF CHARACTER INTEGRITY DUTY WORK HONOR REPUTATION

    MORALS CITIZENSHIP MANNERS 20TH CENTURY CULTURE OF PERSONALITY MAGNETIC FASCINATING STUNNING ATTRACTIVE GLOWING DOMINANT FORCEFUL ENERGETIC
  63. RETICULAR ACTIVATING SYSTEM (RAS)

  64. In our test, the introverts produced 50% more saliva than

    the extroverts. BBC Science: Human Body and Mind “
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  69. END BIT THE

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  71. Psychology is a science based profession and is the study

    of people; how they think, how they act, react and interact. It’s concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying them. NHS Careers website “
  72. Team management is a profession where it’s important to study

    people; how they think, how they act, react and interact. It’s concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying them. Errrrrr, me “
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  76. THANK YOU venntro.com/careers WE’RE HIRING

  77. @thesambarnes thesambarnes.com

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