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The Manager Pool: Patterns for Radical Leadership / Edition 1
     

The Manager Pool: Patterns for Radical Leadership / Edition 1

by Don Sherwood Olson, Carol L. Stimmel
 

ISBN-10: 0201725835

ISBN-13: 9780201725834

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Pearson Education

What if—instead of a programmer pool—there were a manager pool, from which self-selected software developers chose the leader of their project? Would you be chosen? Can you lead developers to produce more creatively and proficiently?

As savvy high-tech managers know, the traditional, industrial models of management do not apply to the fluid and

Overview

What if—instead of a programmer pool—there were a manager pool, from which self-selected software developers chose the leader of their project? Would you be chosen? Can you lead developers to produce more creatively and proficiently?

As savvy high-tech managers know, the traditional, industrial models of management do not apply to the fluid and dynamic software development environment. Instead, technical management must formulate a more flexible model of management that can grow and change with the technology. The patterns paradigm that has transformed much of object-oriented software development can be applied to the management side of development. The patterns approach enables managers to identify, understand, and handle recurring management challenges that are common to many software development projects.

The sixty-one management patterns featured in The Manager Pool offer insight into the relationships between developers and their leaders, showing how teams can better work together to develop software. Based on years of experience in the software development trenches, these patterns address many different aspects of technical management, from the dynamic nature of software development, to communicating with the unique programmer personality, to organizing the workspace.

The patterns are organized into several overarching themes: psychological and retentive patterns, behavioral and expulsive patterns, strategic patterns, tactical patterns, and environmental patterns. Each pattern lays out the problem; discusses the context, related issues, and examples from industry; and finally offers a solution. You will read about suchpatterns as:

  • Leviathan—Software development projects are mysterious beasts, too deep and swift for a manager to fully understand or document. How do you know what to control directly, and what to leave to your developers?
  • Geek Channeling—You are responsible for keeping your team in the corporate loop and from spinning in random directions.
  • Tribal Language—Understand the cryptic and sometimes evasive language of developers so that you can have some insight into the substance of what is being said.
  • Overtime Detox—Oppose the temptation of overtime. Resist pressure to compress schedules without corresponding feature reduction, staff increase, or both.
  • The Gauntlet—Apply a legal-like standard of probable cause to investigate slackers and other problematic team members.
  • Train Hard Fight Easy—Despite the expense and time, train the team as a unit in relevant technologies to give everyone the same tools and language and so that the team is not using the project itself as the primary learning experience.
  • Fall on the Grenade—No matter who is at fault, take the responsibility for solving a serious problem in the project. Stand up and take the heat when the problem is unrecoverable. Then, move on.
  • Unique Place—Make your work environment unique, inspirational, and fun, so that you can retain your most talented employees. Think about perks, physical space, and entertainment.

Entertaining to read, insightful, and practical, The Manager Pool will provide you with the understanding and knowledge to communicate more effectively with your development team, lead them through to a successful project, and hence propel your own career.



Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201725834
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Software Patterns Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: The Manager Poolxiii
Patterns for Radical Leadershipxiii
The Patterns Formxvi
The Visionxviii
I.Psychological and Retentive Patterns1
1.Guiding Hand3
2.Total Commitment5
3.Leviathan11
4.Drama15
5.Metaphor19
6.Switzerland23
7.Good Service27
8.Whole People31
9.Cultural Competence35
10.Hover Shoes39
11.Blowhole43
12.Geek Channeling47
II.Behavioral and Expulsive Patterns51
13.Exhibitionism53
14.Shameless Ignoramus57
15.Too Clever by Half61
16.Forty Whacks65
17.Tribal Language69
18.Social Jester73
III.Strategic Patterns77
19.Direct Action79
20.Outcome Based85
21.Get a Guru89
22.Home Field Advantage93
23.Overtime Detox97
24.Defense de Pisser103
25.The Gauntlet109
26.Push the Customer113
27.Finish Line117
28.Inoculation121
29.Just Say No125
30.Grease the Wheel129
31.One by One133
32.Train Hard, Fight Easy137
33.Trial Project141
34.Secret Stash145
35.Defeat149
36.Casual Duty153
IV.Tactical Patterns157
37.Spanish Ounce of Gold159
38.Significant Events163
39.Herding Cats167
40.Divide and Conquer171
41.Peer Pressure175
42.Passengers Push179
43.Decipher Discontent183
44.Backfires187
45.Enough Rope191
46.Rotten Fruit193
47.Featurectomy197
48.Containment Building201
49.Cargo Cult203
50.Cop a Plea207
51.Fall on the Grenade211
52.Abandon Ship215
V.Environmental Patterns219
53.Living Space221
54.Unique Place229
55.Ball Court233
56.Private Space237
57.Public Space241
58.Geek Space245
59.Formal Space249
60.Fuel251
61.Vacation255
Don and Carol's List of Culturally Relevant or Iconic Artifacts259
Bibliography269
Index277

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