Check out Software Process and Measurement Cast 275.  The SPaMCAST 275 features our essay on leadership. Leaders and leadership are important, perhaps more important with Agile and lean techniques that no longer use command and control management techniques. Even if you believe that leaders are born, the ability to lead can be honed and developed. Managers typically draw on their hierarchal position for their organizational power and use that power to control those they manage which has been shown in the long term to be less effective and efficient. Leadership is import because leaders generate more value enabling people through providing a path towards their vision. The delivery of value is why organizations exist and why projects are done therefore leadership is not a luxury but a necessity.

Kim Pries provides a column this week focusing on paradoxes. Kim’s essay is extremely thought provoking and is a must listen for change agents.

Remember to register for the “Influential Agile Leader” events led by Johanna Rothman and Gil Broza.  Check out the full details at www.InfluentialAgileLeader.com

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Next week the SPaMCAST features my interview with Penny Pullan about teams.  Teams are a central component of today’s development environment. Improving our understanding of how teams work is critical to any development framework and improvement program.

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