Episode 53

053 JSJ Software Team Dynamics


March 29th, 2013

1 hr 6 mins 12 secs

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Joe Eames (twitter github blog)
Jamison Dance (twitter github blog)
AJ O’Neal (twitter github blog)
Merrick Christensen (twitter github)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

02:48 - External Conflicts

Dealing with people outside your own team

07:04 - Areas of Expertise
08:45 - Expectations and Deadlines

Multiple Layers of Hierarchy
Differences in Goals

13:47 - Flatter Structure Approach
15:21 - The Search for Developers

Finding the ideal people
What makes an ‘A Player’?
Intellectual Capability

19:47 - Team Scaling/ Scaling Agile

Scaling Agile @ Spotify
How Stripe Builds Software, with Greg Brockman

25:10 - Team Diversity
29:57 - Team Dynamics

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon (Joe)

35:00 - Specialization
40:08 - Dealing with someone you don’t like


50:52 - Dealing with a non-engaged person


Honest and open conversations (Merrick)
Noah Gundersen (Merrick)
Oz the Great and Powerful (Joe)
Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon (Joe)
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown (Joe)
King of Tokyo (Joe)
AngularJS (Joe)
Kiki's Delivery Service (Jamison)
Local 0.2.2 (Jamison)
Ciaran Jessup (AJ)
Psych Season 7 (AJ)
Google+ Hangouts (AJ)
ScreenFlow (AJ)
Jing (Chuck)
Transmit (Chuck)

Next Week
JavaScript Parsing, ASTs, and Language Grammar w/ David Herman and Ariya Hidayat

CHUCK:  So, team dynamics this week?

JOE:  Sorry, is that our discussion or is that what we decided to call ourselves?


CHUCK:  It’s our discussion topic this week.

AJ:  We are Team Dynamics.

JOE:  Because if we’re going with names, I would like to submit the Wolverines.

CHUCK:  The Wolverines? I think it’s taken by a University around here.

AJ:  Yeah, and my high school back in Virginia, and that dude from New Zealand who plays in X-Men.

CHUCK:  That dude?

AJ:  Yeah, that dude, Hugh Jackman.

CHUCK:  [Chuckles]

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CHUCK:  Hey everybody, and welcome to Episode 53 of the JavaScript Jabber Show. This week on our panel, we have Joe Eames.

JOE:  Hi there.

CHUCK:  Jamison Dance.

JAMISON:  Hello, my mission is to bring calm to the boiling cauldron of hate that is the Internet.

CHUCK:  AJ O’Neal.

AJ:  Yo! Yo! Yo! Coming at you live from the pulling my hair out over Iowa.

CHUCK:  Merrick Christensen.

MERRICK:  What up?

CHUCK:  I’m Charles Max Wood from DevChat.tv and don’t forget to use that code to get into Fluent Conf.

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CHUCK:  This week, we’re going to be talking about team dynamics and all the fun stuff that goes with it. To start us off, I kind of want to ask because I always get good stories from people when I ask questions like this. What is your worst team experience?

JOE:  That’s quite a way to start it off. It sounds like a good way to get me to burn some bridges.

AJ:  No, no, I know this one…

JAMISON:  I played little league and I was scared of the ball. And I had the bat and I was really short and they wanted me to bat first because I’d be walked all the time to get on base but I just wanted to quit.