Manager-in-training

Collecting tips and tricks from podcasts and blog posts
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  • Standups should be about steering, not a status meeting.
  • Automate status reports for standups, since they’re not inspiring. 
  • Instead have meetings with everyone everyday to ask, what is the best day that we can possibly have? 
  • You should be pumped after your standup. 
  • There’s a human element of syncing everyday.
  • If you had a bad day, this is where you lean on the team. 
  • It’s not a status or policing session. 
  • I know you’ve been working on CSS for weeks, and you’re going to continue doing it.
  • As a manager, you are coaching. 
  • Gauge the energy. Make adjustments accordingly.
  • Example team
  • Morning: status meeting
  • Afternoon: product standup
  • PM asks: what new toys do I have to play with today?
  • What about standup bots?
  • Use it for asynchronous status updates.
  • Manager can notice if people are working on similar areas. Get them together.
  • Team Drift: Delay in feedback.
  • How do we get rid of this uncertainty?