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Software Teamwork: Taking Ownership for Success by Jim Brosseau

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Chapter Three. The Right Stuff

We bring a variety of attitudes to everything we do, whether it is in software development or in everyday life. We need to understand how these affect our ability to participate in our activities and work to cultivate the most effective attitudes we can.

In this chapter, we explore some of the attitudes that make for highly effective team players and suggest that leadership matters regardless of role or title.

Cowboys and Unsung Heroes

On almost any project I’ve been on, there have been one or two people who really stood out from the crowd. They have gone beyond the call of duty to bring the project home—picture John Wayne riding off into the sunset. These are the legendary cowboys of software development fame, ...

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