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Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more


#110 - Elastic Leadership: Growing Self-Organizing Teams - Roy Osherove

“As a team leader, you will become more successful and valuable if you are no longer a bottleneck for the people who are working with you and under you."

Roy Osherove is the author of “Elastic Leadership” and “The Art of Unit Testing”. In this episode, we discussed leadership insights from “Elastic Leadership”. Roy first shared how he came up with the concept and described what elastic leadership is. He explained the different leadership styles based on the 3 team phases (survival mode, learning mode, and self-organizing mode) and advised how leaders can adapt and transition their leadership style from one phase to the other to lead effectively. Roy also shared about the Team Leader manifesto and the Line Manager manifesto to provide guidance on how leaders can grow their teams towards self-organization and self-sufficiency.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:45]
  • Writing “Elastic Leadership” - [00:11:31]
  • Team Leader Manifesto - [00:17:57]
  • There Are No Experts - [00:23:23]
  • Survival Mode - [00:30:49]
  • Slack Time - [00:37:52]
  • Self-Organizing Mode - [00:39:21]
  • Learning Mode - [00:41:18]
  • Line Manager Manifesto - [00:45:47]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:48:13]


Roy Osherove’s Bio
Roy Osherove is the organizer of the CD/XP Israel meetup group. He’s the author of “Art of Unit Testing”, “Elastic Leadership” and the upcoming “Co-Ops: Pipeline Driven Organizations”. He has been working in the software industry for over 20 years in most types of technical & testing roles, and these days is working as a freelance consultant & trainer on-site for various companies across the world.

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