The Role of Leadership in Software Development

In this hour-long Google Tech Talk (2008) seminar, Mary Poppendieck talks us through the history of leadership and the role of leadership in Software Development environments.

Mary and her husband, Tom are well known for their books about Lean, including Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, published in 2003, and its sequel, Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash, published in 2006.

Google Tech Talks Abstract (2008)

Mary and Tom Poppendieck – The Role of Leadership in Software Development

“When you look around, there are a lot of leaders recommended for software development. We have the functional manager and the project manager, the scrum master and the black belt, the product owner and the customer-on-site, the technical leader and the architect, the product manager and the chief engineer.

Clearly that’s too many leaders. So how many leaders should there be, what should they do, what shouldn’t they do, and what skills do they need?

This will be a presentation and discussion of leadership roles in software development — what works, what doesn’t and why.”

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