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This week: Why soft skills are more important than technical skills, Why aren't my engineers taking initiative?, How PMs and developers can give realistic ship dates, Feedback that gives focus.
Why soft skills are more important than technical skills
Alida Miranda-Wolff, Director of Platform at Hyde Park Angels, breaks down why the current shortage of soft skills is bad news for leadership, and explains how to ‘hire the heart and train the brain.’
Why aren't my engineers taking initiative?
Introducing process is tough when your team doesn’t understand why. Here’s Jean Hsu, Engineering Leadership Coach, on how to get everyone onboard.
How PMs and developers can both (happily!) give realistic ship dates
Roy Yuen, Lead Project Manager at Oursky, and his team have been experimenting with ‘evidence-based scheduling’ to improve the consistency and accuracy of their estimations. Here’s what that process looks like (and why it works).
Feedback that gives focus
"Like a good story, good feedback can take us out of ourselves, allowing us to see the work more clearly.” Here’s Dave Peth, Digital Consultant, with an insightful take on how to practice better feedback.
Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.
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