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Dan Creswell
Technical Lead is essentially a label that disempowers all other engineers in a team. It elevates an individual to primacy which is unlikely to yield good results. One person doesn't have all the answers and assuming they do can cause great harm to the individual.
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Replying to @dancres
Technical lead done badly, sure. But anything done badly is bad. Tech lead done well is a supporter, a coach, a sounding board, a lightning rod, an ambassador and a point of contact. In my experience, a good tech lead is the greatest differentiator for good teams.
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Dan Creswell Oct 8
Replying to @DanteLore
The properties you attribute to a singular lead are those I want and grow in my whole team. I.e I want them all doing those things. As soon as I designate one I lose more than I gain...
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Dan Creswell Oct 9
Replying to @ramon_leon
That's called "blame". In healthy teams (and associated environments), the collective takes responsibility amongst themselves. My folks do it all the time, it's not something I have to ask of them. They want to prove themselves, they want to shape things, they want to own it.
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Scott Shipp Oct 9
Replying to @dancres
Whatever the title or lack thereof, there does seem to be someone on well-functioning teams who makes everything easier for everyone
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Dan Creswell Oct 9
Replying to @ScottAShipp
I’ve observed multiple such individuals in a team. I might venture that teamwork has an element of that contributed by all in the team.
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Alex Elman Oct 9
Replying to @dancres
Strongly disagree. Leadership is about giving everyone on your team the skills and opportunities to consistently find the right answers. The label β€œleader” isn’t supposed to elevate anyone. It’s a signal that they can step back.
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Dan Creswell Oct 9
Replying to @_pkill
Disagree to your heart’s content. How about letting the team do that for themselves? You can’t give a skill to anyone unless they want to learn it. And they might very well have their own views on what they want to learn and from whom. Consider who bestows that label…
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Dan Abel Oct 8
Replying to @dancres
Why does the label presume that one person has all the answers? Is this also true for all other leadership roles in a company? I wonder if it’s not the title, but how we select, guide and train
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Dan Creswell Oct 8
Replying to @twicezer0
Because leader(s) in the majority of companies is exactly this. Primacy, ultimate know-it-all and decision maker. Take a look at (almost) any executive and management hierarchy, observing flow of information and decision.
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