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Elastic Leadership: Growing self-organizing teams

Book Description


Elastic leadership is a framework and philosophy that can help you as you manage day-to-day and long-term challenges and strive to create the elusive self-organizing team. It is about understanding that your leadership needs to change based on which phase you discover that your team is in. This book provides you with a set of values, techniques, and practices to use in your leadership role.

About the Technology

Your team looks to you for guidance. You have to mediate heated debates. The team is constantly putting out fires instead of doing the right things, the right way. Everyone seems to want to do things correctly, but nobody seems to be doing so. This is where leaders get stuck. It’s time to get unstuck! Elastic leadership is a novel approach that helps you adapt your leadership style to the phase your team is in, so you can stay in step as things change.

About the Book

Elastic Leadership is a practical, experience-driven guide to team leadership. In it, you’ll discover a set of values, techniques, and practices to lead your team to success. First, you’ll learn what elastic leadership is and explore the phases of this results-oriented framework. Then, you’ll see it in practice through stories, anecdotes, and advice provided by successful leaders in a variety of disciplines, all annotated by author and experienced team leader, Roy Osherove.

What’s Inside

  • Understanding why people do what they do

  • Effective coaching

  • Influencing team members and managers

  • Advice from industry leaders

  • About the Reader

    This book is for anyone with a year or more of experience working on a team as a lead or team member.

    About the Author

    Roy Osherove is the DevOps process lead for the West Coast at EMC, based in California. He is also the author of The Art of Unit Testing (Manning, 2013) and Enterprise DevOps (http://enterprisedevops.org). He consults and trains teams worldwide on the gentle art of leadership, unit testing, test-driven development, and continuous-delivery automation. He frequently speaks at international conferences on these topics and others.

    You can find more info at these sites:

  • ElasticLeadership.com—The blog that started this book

  • Osherove.com—Roy’s other blog

  • Osherove Online Training (courses.osherove.com)—Roy’s online training on TDD, DevOps, and, soon, elastic leadership

  • Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. Brief Table of Contents
    3. Table of Contents
    4. Preface
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About this Book
    7. Part 1. Understanding elastic leadership
      1. Chapter 1. Striving toward a Team Leader Manifesto
      2. Chapter 2. Matching leadership styles to team phases
      3. Chapter 3. Dealing with bus factors
    8. Part 2. Survival mode
      1. Chapter 4. Dealing with survival mode
    9. Part 3. Learning mode
      1. Chapter 5. Learning to learn
      2. Chapter 6. Commitment language
      3. Chapter 7. Growing people
    10. Part 4. Self-organization mode
      1. Chapter 8. Using clearing meetings to advance self-organization
      2. Chapter 9. Influence patterns
      3. Chapter 10. The Line Manager Manifesto
    11. Part 5. Notes to a software team leader
      1. Chapter 11. Feeding back
      2. Chapter 12. Channel conflict into learning
      3. Chapter 13. It’s probably not a technical problem
      4. Chapter 14. Review the code
      5. Chapter 15. Document your air, food, and water
      6. Chapter 16. Appraisals and agile don’t play nicely
      7. Chapter 17. Leading through learning: the responsibilities of a team leader
      8. Chapter 18. Introduction to the Core Protocols
      9. Chapter 19. Change your mind: your product is your team
      10. Chapter 20. Leadership and the mature team
      11. Chapter 21. Spread your workload
      12. Chapter 22. Making your team manage their own work
      13. Chapter 23. Go see, ask why, show respect
      14. Chapter 24. Keep developers happy, reap high-quality work
      15. Chapter 25. Stop doing their work
      16. Chapter 26. Write code, but not too much
      17. Chapter 27. Evolving from manager to leader
      18. Chapter 28. Affecting the pace of change
      19. Chapter 29. Proximity management
      20. Chapter 30. Babel Fish
      21. Chapter 31. You’re the lead, not the know-it-all
      22. Chapter 32. Actions speak louder than words
    12. Index
    13. List of Figures