January/February 2018 issue of acmqueue

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The Soft Side of Software


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Originally published in Queue vol. 13, no. 9
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em vee | Sun, 12 Nov 2017 01:04:32 UTC

Good article; many good points, however the item about trusting the collective judgement of the team towards one member is very dangerous.

Sometimes that member really is the one you should be listening too. Workplace cultures and team dynamics can be self-reinforcing, especially when mediocracy is the baseline.

Such teams resist being challenged and pushed toward excellence, and will direct that resentment towards more skilled and higher performers, moreso when that person is new to an established group.

Anish K George | Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:51:38 UTC

"I will give you autonomy and independence, but it is your responsibility to share status and information with me."

Almost every (good) one hate doing what they don't enjoy. It is important for the supervisors or managers to create an environment where sharing the status and information is also enjoyable for the employees. This only happen when the managers are content rich and well aware of the context.

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