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  1. Great article, Brandon. It makes me remind about how significant is that all the members of a team (managers, developers, analysts and the clients themselves) feel they’re all playing on the same side.
    God bless

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  2. Great points, Brandon. Anyone who heeds this advice will be indispensable for all the right reasons: being a team player, excellent communicator, and problem solver. I may hang a photo of a mattress in a pool on my cubicle wall as a simple reminder!

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  3. Agree with Amy, the mattress inside the pool was a fantastic example :)

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  4. “The true measure of how helpful you are is the technical know-how of the entire team.”

    Wow! Quote of the day right there. Thanks for this great article.

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  5. I believe that every time your team comes up to you for a help, they should go back learning something. By the end of the project, your team mates should have learnt something new and their as well as your skill set should have improved.

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  6. very nice
    vbv

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  7. I’m in the process of growing into a lead dev role and this advice was very useful. I would definitely love to read more about this specific subject. Any resources you can recommend, other than the ones already linked in the article?

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  8. chevalric, there is another book by Jerry Weinberg called Becoming a technical leader. I have read it through a couple of days ago and it is maybe a bit more focused than The Psychology of Computer Programming. I highly recommend it.

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  9. “It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to make something more complicated than it needs to be. It does, however, take a great deal of intelligence to take something complicated and make it easy to understand.”

    I re-read this line three times because it’s totally right on.

    And, the mattress in the pool? Brilliant. Thanks for taking the time to share!

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  10. Hi Brandon,

    This is a very good post. Resonates with my own experience and more, but I couldn’t have put it in better words.

    Sharing this with everyone I know.

    Thank you.

    PS: This is my first comment on A list Apart

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  11. The comparison of the mattress in the pool is just brilliant !

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  12. Spot on! And well written. There are too many CTO’s out there who is either not technical good enough or they don’t want to teach…

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  13. Hello,

    Great article Brandon. I’ve written a few articles on the same topic (Three Common Mistakes of the First Time Tech Lead and 5 Tips for Being an Effective Tech Lead) that people might be interested in.

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  14. What an awesome article, and just what a lot of developers need from their technical lead!

    This is perfectly describes how -not just a lead- but everyone should think and act when they are in a position to lead or to make decisions.

    Thanks for sharing, its super amazing.

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  15. Nice blog. Found this while searching through google

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  16. Sorry, commenting is closed on this article.