Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Things I like to hear from Technical Leads

I'm not going to define the role of a tech lead but one would think that a tech lead is part leader of people with technical and subject matter knowledge. There are things a tech lead should not say or better tech leads who say these things might not be qualified.
  • I forgot my database classes
  • I think the language supports that feature
  • I did a little reading last night
I don't mind that you've forgotten something or you might not know or remember all of the details; however; do not offer an opinion until you are refreshed.

Doing a "little" reading is useless. That's going to give you enough information to be a meme and not a leader or innovator. You should be reading regularly and a lot.

I'm not sure what to do when a programmer says:
  • I cannot code without an IDE
  • I need a debugger
You're still a beginner if you cannot write, compile, and test your code from the command line. Furthermore, you are the debugger.

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