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Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior by Tim Lister, Peter Hruschka, Steve McMenamin, Tom DeMarco, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson

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39. Atlas

The team’s leader excels at (almost) everything.

You love visiting Erica’s team. She runs a development team of about twenty-five people, and it is one of the best in the company. They ship great products. They hit their dates. Many of the best, young, new hires want to work for Erica, so she has her pick of the top talent when there are openings. But openings are few because team members tend to stay a long time. They come because they know they will learn a lot. They stay because, over time, Erica helps them develop their technical skills, from the most basic to the most elite.

It doesn’t take much insight to see that this success is due in large part to Erica’s leadership. She does everything for her team. She drives product planning ...

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