Coaching Software Development Teams

When we first get into software development, we concentrate on technical skill. We learn how to program, how to debug, and how to design effectively. If we are lucky, we work in an environment where most of that work isn’t wasted effort. Most of us gradually realize that we are sensitively dependent on our team. The way that we interact with our coworkers, and they interact with each other, can make work productive and fun, or wasteful and hellish. In this tutorial, I’ll outline techniques you can use to help software development teams overcome obstacles, gain confidence, and work well with their surrounding organization. You’ll learn when to use them, and more importantly, when not to as you work with your coworkers to make your team more fun, effective, and humane.