Agile, General

“just add an if”

You’re talking about a new feature that’s being planned and prioritized to the dev-team. It’s straight-forward enough, but you sense that it’s latching on yet another feature to an existing long chain of functionality. The team has some reservations to expanding the feature chain even more before doing some adjustments to how it’s been architected to keep this maintainable. That’s when you hear from the product owner: “Just add an if…”. Continue Reading

Developer growth

Chatting with Scott Nimrod about Software Development and Social Intelligence

Scott Nimrod invited me to a chat, which I gladly accepted. We speak about experiences and social intelligence in Software Development. I hope you find value in the converation. It’s available on youtube here: Talking to Pavneet about Software Development and Social Intelligence.

I first came across Scott in his interview on the Developer on Fire podcast. This happened to be one of the first podcasts I left a comment on. We are now twitter friends, and supporters of each others’ work. Scott has a focus on Software Craftsmanship and a wonderful drive to achieve great things. Check out his blog and multiple interviews (after you hear our chat of course 😁).

Scott’s Resources:

I would love to hear your thoughts on our conversation and any value you may have recieved. Reach out to me directly with you thoughts, questions or criticisms. Or leave a comment below.

Communication, Developer growth

Use Emoji to improve communication in your distributed team🌐🗣

You’re sitting there, writing code for another feature request and a message pops in. You know it’s important, since it’s a direct message. You glance at the notification and see the words:

Dev: “You broke the build…”

You click the notification and get taken to the 1-on-1 chat, where you read:

Dev: “You broke the build, you fix?

Short and to the point. An efficient message. Perhaps not the most effective though, since you’re sitting there and scratching your head. You’re feeling annoyed. Not because you broke the build, nor that this person let you know about it. It’s because you can’t seem to get hold of the feeling of the person behind the message.

Are they irritated? Maybe mad? Possible stressed out? None of the above? The uncertainty of this can easily put you in a negative state of mind, and that won’t help with collaboration. Continue Reading

Developer growth, Practice Empathy

Leading teams with Empathy -Providing Psychological Safety

As a technical team lead, you are in a unique position to facilitate the growth of your team or watch it spin out of control. You can run it with an iron fist or meekly get overrun by strong forces. You can encourage psychological safety or allow watch things fall apart in a toxic environment.

What makes or breaks a team? How can you bring out the best in the people around you? What can you do as a technical team lead to ensure the success of your team, and as an extension your product? Continue Reading