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Growing Software by Louis Testa

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Understanding the People

Understanding your co-workers will make your job much more productive and a lot more fun. Conversely, not getting to know them will be frustrating and can lead to friction. Fortunately, you can find out a lot by talking to people, especially the developers on your team.

Ask the following questions:

  • What do you like to do?

  • What work assignments do you dislike?

  • What do you do best?

  • What would you like help with?

  • Where else have you worked?

  • Why did you join this company?

  • What would you like to change?

Answers to these questions will offer hints about how best to work with each person. Learning how developers complete their work and interact with others provides a helpful assessment of behaviors. Reading your team's past performance ...

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