We spend a lot of time talking about how to better manage technical teams using processes, methods, prescriptions and other rules of thumb. We spend very little time talking about the largest and most important ingredient of any agile team - the team and people themselves. Drawing from ten years of experience leading and growing technical teams (from teams of 1-2 people to the organic growth of a technical team of over 100), my talk will focus around key skills and characteristics managers and team members need in order to succeed. Methodologies like Agile and Scrum are important, but nothing will fix a dysfunctional team. This talk will cover the following: - what is a team? - what does a good team look like? - hallmarks of a good team - how to lead a software or technical team

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