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A podcast to help great coders become skilled leaders, and build happy, high-performing software teams.

Programming Leadership Marcus Blankenship

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A podcast to help great coders become skilled leaders, and build happy, high-performing software teams.

    Improve Your Product Management with Ellen Gottesdiener

    Improve Your Product Management with Ellen Gottesdiener

    How do we improve in the area of product management? In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest Ellen Gottesdiener, President of EBG Consulting, discuss ways companies can better oversee the development and lifecycle of a product in its entirety. Marcus and Ellen also discuss her Agile Product Planning method, best practices in the area of product management, and effective decision making methods with product management within your organization.
     
    Show Notes
    A working definition of product management (1:15)
    The product lifecycle (1:45)
    Answering the question, “What’s my product?” (8:30)
    “Outside-in” thinking over “inside-out” (11:30)
    Ways to address product production backlogs (15:33)
    Managing the work vs. the product (19:19)
    Engaging a product engineering team (21:58)
    The role of story in product development (28:35)
    Product development without a structured value system (33:47)
    The decision making process in product development (40:49)
    Links:
    EBG Consulting
    Discover to Deliver

    • 48 min
    Leadership Strategies from Nature with Dr. Kathleen Allen

    Leadership Strategies from Nature with Dr. Kathleen Allen

    What can nature teach us about how to get the most from our organizations? In this episode, Marcus welcomes Dr. Kathleen Allen to discuss changing our perspectives of assigning roles within teams and organizations to what she calls leading a “living systems”. Dr. Allen is the president of her consulting firm, Allen and Associates, and has written many articles and contributed to a variety of books, including The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-first Century and Innovation in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives. Her most recent book, Leading from the Roots: Nature-Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World, is available now.
     
    Show Notes
    An alternative to reorganization (1:45)
    “We are human beings living and working in an environment, and when you have a collection of human beings, then your organization probably isn't an object, either. It's just that we're thinking that it's an object.” Dr. Allen (2:50)
    The “living systems” perspective (4:45)
    "Living systems are interdependent. They're not separate. And our job descriptions are designed and written to keep us separate from each other." Dr. Allen (9:00)
    Strategy comes from patterns rather than details. (13:00)
    "So the old leadership question is, what do I need to control? And the new leadership question of a living system is, what do I need to unleash?” Dr. Allen (16:45)
    Work with you as opposed to working for you (19:30)
    Empowering employees with a common shared goal versus controlling employees through management tactics (28:00)
    "Influence, not authority." Marcus (33:00)
    "It's the illusion of control and power. And that's what we're selling is the illusion. But nature doesn't have a CEO." Dr. Allen (36:30)
    Growing change versus making change (41:00)
    Links:
    Kathleen Allen 
    Linkedin
    Twitter
    A Beautiful Constraint
    Humble Inquiry 

    • 48 min
    The Art of Leadership with Michael Lopp

    The Art of Leadership with Michael Lopp

    How can you build trust as a leader? In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Michael Lopp discuss the small practices that make a good leader. Listen to learn about building trust, respect, and relationships in a leadership role. 
     
    Show Notes
    Leadership practices are small things done repetitively over time. @2:29   
    Leadership is a skill. @3:32 
    Empathy is a powerful skillset. @5:17
    The practice of one on ones is important in connecting to a team. @6:44
    Asking for feedback can build trust and relationships. @9:04
    Respond to feedback with a thank you and follow up comprehension questions. @11:35
    Feedback is a gift. @18:04
    It's not personal, it's professional. @21:37
    Leadership is an outfit that you choose to wear for others to see. @25:41
    Managers tell you where you are, leaders tell you where you're going. @31:55
    "There is no substitute for enthusiasm."- Ken Beck @34:20
    Your peers become your allies. @36:51
     
    Links: 
     www.programmingleadership.com
    The Art of Leadership: Small Things, Done Well (Pre-Order)

    • 43 min
    Collaboration and Notqmail with Amitai Schleier

    Collaboration and Notqmail with Amitai Schleier

    On this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Amitai Schleier, discuss a new project Amitai is working on regarding reviving an old, but useful, open-source program called qmail. Strategy and collaboration on this project as well as how to manage a project of this nature are discussed. 
     
    Show Notes
    The ‘old’ project is called notqmail. @1:10 
    Last stable release was in 1998 then it was abandoned. @2:45 
    Elders decided to make some changes in 2007 and called it notqmail. @3:49 
    Amitai decided to revive this old C code. @7:16 
    He wanted to join together the other people still running with qmail or netqmail and collaborate to make the best modern version possible. @10:24 
    The best advice was to take everyone's add-ons and then his own and let the users decide which to implement to avoid egos. @14:04 
    Collaboration depends on the properties of the code being worked on. @16:51 
    Amitai put together individual persuasive invitations to get people to join his team. @24:19 
     
    Links:
    Notqmail.org
    Schmonz.com
    Latentagility.com
    Programmingleadership.com

    • 30 min
    Becoming a Better Manager Means Starting with Yourself with Johanna Rothman

    Becoming a Better Manager Means Starting with Yourself with Johanna Rothman

    To be a modern manager, you must manage yourself first. In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Johanna Rothman discuss how you must learn to manage yourself to be effective at managing other people. They will discuss some common mistakes managers make and some important values to instill in yourself that will make you a better manager, such as integrity, vulnerability, and congruence.  
     
    Show Notes
    If we don't manage ourselves, we don't have the capability of managing other people. @2:42
    Micromanagement comes from fear and that fear is out of incongruence. @3:07
    Blame cuts off options and relationships. @8:25
    Admitting you're afraid and need help and being vulnerable is a sign of strength not a weakness. @13:48
    Take small steps in building trust. @15:28
    Value-based integrity consists of these 5 values: honesty, fairness, consistency, taking responsibility, and treating people with respect. @18:43
    Self-awareness is difficult, but often is as simple as asking people. @25:14
    ROTI (Returned on Time Invested) method for a meeting @27:29

    A challenge for technical managers is actually knowing how to do the work very well. @30:14
    Take control of your schedule to deal with the time pressure. @36:21
     
    Links:
     Gitprime.com
    Jrothman.com
    Programmingleadership.com

    • 41 min
    Rise of the Resilient Manager with Lara Hogan

    Rise of the Resilient Manager with Lara Hogan

    Are you a resilient manager? Do you want to become one? In this episode of Programming Leadership, Marcus and his guest, Lara Hogan discuss what it means to be a resilient manager. She will discuss some effective management skills and thought processes. She will also introduce us to the idea of the manager Voltron. 
     
    Show Notes
     New manager care packages @1:00​
    Becoming a manager is scary for different reasons for everybody. @5:10 
    Management skills are the same across the board. @9:15
    At every stage of management, you start over with the same new feelings, new fears, and lack of internal barometer of success. @12:06
    It's okay to get comfortable and confident in what you know, but remember you're going to encounter new things. @14:01
    Build out your manager crew of support, a manager Voltron. @15:19
    Your Voltron should include people inside your company and people outside your company. @20:13
    Manager dens- where you can experience coaching, mentoring, and a safe space, Vegas rules session. @23:57
    Mentoring is sharing advice and perspective; coaching is helping someone come to their own conclusions. @25:56
    Coaching is what helps people grow. @26:26
    What are you optimizing for? @30:24
    Resilient management has to do with making sure your bucket of energy is healthy. @35:01
    When thinking about being cut out for management, it's about given the context, responsibility, and people you work with, does this work for you? @36:52
    Showing is better than telling. @39:41
     
    Links:
    Gitprime.com
    @Lara_hogan 
    Wherewithall
    Wherewithall's Instagram 

    • 42 min

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