Leading Software People

Dispatches From the Front Lines of Software Team Management

Join the thousands of software team leads already getting our occasional digest of helpful management links and articles:

Team Communication

  • Daily Standups are Broken

    Daily Standups are Broken

    tl;dr - The in-person stand-up meeting hasn’t kept up with the evolution of how we work. Let’s fix that. Ever met someone (other than an agile coach) that is a fan of the daily stand-up meeting? I haven’t. Yet so many of us buy into... Read more >

  • How and Why to Keep Your Team Out of Communication Debt

    How and Why to Keep Your Team Out of Communication Debt

    tl;dr - You need to actively manage the barrage of incoming notifications and messages your team is subject to in order to keep them happy and focused. You’re probably familiar with the notion of technical debt and how it affects your team and the software... Read more >

All Team Communication Articles >

Productivity & Estimation

  • Time to Think

    Time to Think

    tl;dr - To accomplish something meaningful, you must fight back against constant distractions and get into a state of deep work. Knowledge workers spend too much time plugging away on meaningless tasks that non-skilled workers are perfectly capable of performing—answering emails and messages, scheduling and... Read more >

  • On Meetings and Wasting Time

    On Meetings and Wasting Time

    I’m a software developer, and I hate meetings. All software developers hate meetings. Stop scheduling them, and stop inviting us to them. Dons giant headphones and swivels back around to the soft glow of multiple monitors. But that’s not quite true, is it? Humans build... Read more >

All Productivity & Estimation Articles >

Leadership & Management

  • How to Have Productive 1-on-1 Meetings

    How to Have Productive 1-on-1 Meetings

    tl;dr - Gather additional feedback privately, understand your employee’s challenges, and help them grow professionally through 1-on-1 meetings. By hosting regular 1-on-1s, you encourage your team’s engagement and productivity. It’s pretty well understood that 1-on-1 meetings are important to have with your team. But why... Read more >

  • 18 Blogs, Books, and Podcasts For New Managers

    18 Blogs, Books, and Podcasts For New Managers

    Becoming a manager is one of the hardest transitions to make. Some people have a natural knack for it, but most of us have to learn our way through it by trial and error. That or get advice from people who have been there. Lucky... Read more >

All Leadership & Management Articles >

People & Culture

  • Monday Routines: Dave Gerhardt, VP of Marketing at Drift

    Monday Routines: Dave Gerhardt, VP of Marketing at Drift

    Welcome to another installment of “Monday Routines,” in which software people like you recount their Monday rituals. The goal is to peer into their day-to-day patterns and habits as they lead teams, collaborate, and deliver great software. Hopefully you’ll discover a tidbit or two to... Read more >

  • Monday Routines: Patrick Campbell, CEO of Price Intelligently

    Monday Routines: Patrick Campbell, CEO of Price Intelligently

    This is the third installment of “Monday Routines,” in which software people like you recount their Monday rituals. The goal is to peer into their day-to-day patterns and habits as they lead teams, collaborate, and deliver great software. Hopefully you’ll discover a tidbit or two... Read more >

All People & Culture Articles >