29 episodes

Management tips, stories, and interviews to help navigate the challenges of managing creative and technical teams.

Managing Up Travis Swicegood, Brandon Hays, Nickolas Means

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    • 4.2, 11 Ratings

Management tips, stories, and interviews to help navigate the challenges of managing creative and technical teams.

    Remote Teams, Coping, and Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

    Remote Teams, Coping, and Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

    Nick, Travis, and Brandon talk about the chaotic and downright scary state of the world and our own prior adjustments to remote work. They discuss ways to lead authentically in these times, and how remote work has helped them learn how integrate life and work (and also, paradoxically, how to keep them separate).

    • 58 min
    "Big Picture Strategists" vs. "Tactical Tornadoes"

    "Big Picture Strategists" vs. "Tactical Tornadoes"

    Travis and Brandon talk about the tendency of software developers to fall into an "overly strategic" or "overly tactical" style of thinking. How do you encourage individuals and teams to consider both near and long term impact in their day to day work? How does team design factor in? What can you do if external factors are causing or aggravating these challenges? Is there a way to achieve balance?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Seasonality and Rhythms in Engineering Teams

    Seasonality and Rhythms in Engineering Teams

    Nick, Travis, and Brandon talk about the seasonality of work and how that affects individuals and teams. They talk about how they work with low points in the cycle and how to capitalize on the high points, rather than fighting these cycles. How can you change the rhythm when things are flagging _too_ much? What do you do when you can't move dates or deadlines around? When is it OK to ask the team for an "above and beyond push"?

    • 41 min
    Creating Self-Managing Teams

    Creating Self-Managing Teams

    Brandon asks Nick about a piece of advice he doesn't even remember giving about teaching teams to manage themselves. Nick, Travis, and Brandon explore tough questions around self-managing teams: How do you know when to let go and when to step in? What is the job of a manager on a self-managing team? How do you deal with micromanagement from above? How do you dig out if your team can't live without you?

    • 48 min
    Supporting Early-Career Devs and Defining "Engineer"

    Supporting Early-Career Devs and Defining "Engineer"

    Travis and Brandon talk about how teams can support early-career developers and career changers. What environments are they a good fit for? How do you set expectations for newer folks? How can you help them get and stay productive? Is the cost of doing so worth it?

    They also talk about the surprising lack of definition around the space between "Entry-Level" and "Senior" engineers to define the main role that the rest are supposedly based on. They talk about the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, how folks get stuck in "Advanced Beginner" stage, and how to help them move to "Competent" and toward real, holistic expertise.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Personality Conflicts and the "Us vs. Them" Mindset

    Personality Conflicts and the "Us vs. Them" Mindset

    Travis, Nick, and Brandon discuss a tough-but-frequent listener question: "How do I coach senior developers and tech leads to work better with each other when they have opposing personality types or passions?"

    They explore the personality types of "ship it" vs. "perfect it". Brandon talks about what happens in the 1 out of 5 times when the conflict is ego- and control-driven rather than just slightly different values (hint: it's not great news). They discuss techniques to draw out the benefits of these personality differences to lower drama, build trust, and balance a team's ability to focus on outcomes with technical and product excellence.

    • 49 min

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