Lab Director at Huawei, founder of Zerocracy, author of Elegant Objects, creator of Zold
M157: We must measure productivity, but using the right metrics only
Measuring the productivity of programmers to many of us seems like a dangerous process, which leads to a lack of value delivered. This is true, but only if you use the wrong metrics to do your measurements. Use the right ones and everything will be fine.
Video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZcNHZ_FJco
M156: Competition doesn't contradict with collaboration
Many management experts believe that competition kills collaboration and that's why a software team must not encourage their people to compete. Instead, they should collaborate and help each other. I don't see a contradiction here. Moreover, I don't think that a fully altruistic collaboration is at all possible and/or productive. I argue with Allen Holub in this video.
The video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRuzYdmgjCg
M155: The best and the only way to reward top talents is recognition through fair competition
It's a well-known "fact": best programmers are 30x times more effective than their average colleagues. How do you reward them? You pay them 30x salaries. Of course, you don't. However, they do deserve such a reward and won't work hard, if you don't give them something of this size. The only replacement of money is recognition, which you can give them only through fair competition.
The video is here: https://youtu.be/2bEB3phUXA4
M154: Proper competition prevents cheating in a software team
If there is no competition in your team, everybody will soon be interested in making deals and cheating. The only simple rule that may prevent this from happening: when I win, you lose. If such a rule exists there, your team members will always be interested in achieving more instead of compromising the system.
The video is here: https://youtu.be/pgwVAaV0tRw
Shift-M/44: Allen Holub on management, motivation, and estimations
Shift-M podcast: https://www.yegor256.com/shift-m.html
Allen Holub personal website: https://holub.com/
Allen's Twitter: https://twitter.com/allenholub
Video is here: https://youtu.be/8OKdilyNOIg
M153: How managers in self-managing orgs judge your performance?
I think there is a simple metric we all can use to understand who the minds of managers in teal organizations work. Just count the amount of message they send you every day and you will understand where you are standing compared to others in your team. No sarcasm.
The video is here: https://youtu.be/TmAJPeM4UlE