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When you start as a leader position you will face a number of problems. Fortunately you are not the first leader in this situation and there are good solutions for these problems. Learn how to grow into your new leadership...

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  • How good leaders make great meetings!Do you hate meetings? Do you at least complain about these useless meeting from time to time? Well, almost certainly you will have to attend meetings. Unless you manage to avoid meetings at all, you might try to make them better. Let me show you how...
  • Why software developers are good risk managers
    on Mar 19, 2015 in Leadership
    Surely you’ve already been part of a project that struggled because of risks that were realized too late. To master risk management you need to apply a special way of thinking. I will show you this thinking-mode and I will show that software de...
  • Do you know how to think as a leader?
    on Mar 12, 2015 in Leadership
    As a leader you perform many different tasks. Many of these tasks require a special mindset to do them well. Sometimes you have to think strategic, sometimes you need to create visions. I will show you some of these different mindsets that you employ...
  • How leadership principles can improve your documentation
    on Mar 5, 2015 in Leadership
    Do you know a software developer who loves documentation? No? And do you know a (professional) software developer who has no documents to write? No again? Why do we all dislike writing documents while we all have to do it all the time? Let me motivat...
  • How to use Refactoring to become a better leaderEvery Software Developer refactors code. Sometimes it’s a small improvement in one function, sometimes it’s a major change in the architecture. We all know about the technical challenges and possible problems with refactorings. But do you...
  • 7 Reasons why Software Developers can be great Leaders
    on Feb 19, 2015 in Leadership
    Why is there this misunderstanding that software developers don’t have the same leadership potential as anybody else? Perhaps it’s all about stereotypes and clichés? Even if we are nerdy sometimes, there are some good reasons why softwar...
  • How do you use TDD to grow into leadership?
    on Feb 12, 2015 in Craftsmanship
    Test Driven Development (TDD) is a useful technique when it is used with care. Being either too strict or careless can ruin all efforts spent for tests. But did you know that TDD not only helps you building rock-solid software but also offers you gre...
  • Do you practice “Datensparsamkeit”?
    on Feb 5, 2015 in Privacy
    Is it your fault that the governments store every piece of data about us? Are you overwhelmed with frustration by every new publication about company xyz that was hacked and that tons of data were stolen? Did you already give up by all these negative...
  • 3 Things the best leaders don’t do!Most leaders start their career with a promotion into a leadership position. That is a very good start, but it really is nothing more than a starting point. If you want to become a true leader you should not rely on your position. Avoid the following...
  • This is the only reason why habits are important!
    on Jan 22, 2015 in Habits
    "I'm constantly checking my mails, I can't concentrate any more." As soon as you know how habits work, you can control yourself how you act! How often did you plan to do something different and then switched back to your old behaviour after some days...
  • Do you manage you knowledge portfolio?
    on Jan 15, 2015 in Learning Knowledge Portfolio
    We all know (and perhaps respect) these common tips about managing our financial portfolio: Diversification, Frequent Investing, Buying low and Selling High. The Pragmatic Programmer suggests to apply these financial strategies for our knowledge and...
  • Why should you reject this project?
    on Jan 8, 2015 in Leadership
    Would you develop the control software for a cruise missile? Or would you enjoy programming the controls for a tank? If you would not accept these projects, how do you make these decisions? Do you have values as a guideline for your work? We all live...
  • 3 reasons why you need to handle your short-term emotionsPhoto by: Robert McGoldrick – CC BY ND 2.0 Do you know these moments when anger, excitement or frustration overwhelm you? Perhaps somebody attacked you verbally, perhaps you made a stupid mistake or perhaps you just saw the cool new gadget with...
  • The most important error to avoid when you become a leader!
    on Dec 9, 2014 in Leadership
    Photo by: Pascal – CC BY 2.0 Imagine you’ve been working long years as an engineer. Each day you had your tasks and you (or your boss) measured your performance by looking at the tasks you completed at the end of a...
  • Do you set the direction for your team?Photo by: d0ppler – CC BY NC 2.0 As a leader of a team or any group of people you create the vision where you are heading, right? But how do you get there? In the past you would perhaps have made...
  • Do you trust your team?
    on Nov 24, 2014 in Leadership
    Photo by: stavos – CC BY NC ND 2.0 One of the most important things for a team to succeed is trust. Lack of trust will lead to low productivity, low commitment and perhaps to the failure of projects or companies. You...
  • Encourage Conflict
    on Nov 20, 2014 in Leadership Conflicts Trust
    Photo by: Robert McGoldrick – CC BY 2.0 Whenever people work together there will be conflicts. We all have our own views on situations and our own on opinions how stuff should be done. So when there emerge two or more different...
  • 4 Reasons to encourage conflicts in your team
    on Nov 20, 2014 in Leadership Conflicts Trust
    Whenever people work together there will be conflicts. We all have our own views on situations and our own on opinions how stuff should be done. So when there emerge two or more different opinions on something there will be conflicts. When there is a...
  • Help to deal with fear
    on Nov 11, 2014 in Leadership Courage Fear
    Photo by: Nils – CC BY 2.0 We all fear something from time to time. Sometimes we face these fears and sometimes we don’t. But if you are leading a group of people, you can’t hide from your fears – you have...
  • How do you deal with elephants?
    on Nov 4, 2014 in Leadership Communication Conflicts
    Photo by: Jonathan – CC BY 2.0 How do you get an elephant into an refrigerator? You open the door, push the elephant inside and close the door. That’s simple. And how do you eat an elephant? Bit by bit. (BTW, you...
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