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Questions every team and dev lead should ask themselves

here are the questions that teams and team leads should be asking themselves on a daily\weekly basis.

There are more, but these are the basics, to me. It’s part of the summary for the talk “Beautiful teams I am giving at SEConf and NDC. we do a lot of this stuff over at work, and it’s proving itself on a daily basis.

Whole team

  1. What can we automate?
  2. where are we "Reinventing the wheel"?
  3. what are the tools that slow us down?
  4. what tools can we use better?
  5. are there bugs that I could have found earlier? how do I make sure I find them earlier?
  6. when do we find out we built the right thing?
  7. when do we find out our code\design sucks? how can we make that earlier?
  8. How do we show progress at the team level? at the management level?
  9. How many meetings does each dev have every week? how can we remove them?
  10. Are we building by feature or by layer?
  11. can we make all our team sit in the same place?

Team Lead

  1. daily: what bottlenecks exist in the team? what have I solved?
  2. will my devs be better in a month or two than they were before? if not, how do I make that happen?
  3. what prevents my devs from working? what am I doing about this?

NDC 2009 – Done!

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