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Tech Lead Journal

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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


#114 - A Radical Enterprise & Radical Collaboration - Matt K. Parker

“Intrinsic motivation is a great predictor of success. When people are doing things they feel intrinsically motivated to do, they tend to be much more successful."

Matt K. Parker is the author of “A Radical Enterprise”. In this episode, Matt started by sharing his views on the underlying causes of the great resignation trend, which includes the dominator hierarchies. Matt then explained in-depth the four key imperatives mentioned in his book that organizations must practice for establishing radical collaboration, which are: (i) team autonomy, (ii) managerial devolution, (iii) deficiency gratification, and (iv) candid vulnerability. Matt also touched on several other interesting concepts, such as how to establish autonomy while minimising chaos, the concept of a dynamic and contextual leadership, and a few alternatives for structuring the salary and compensation in a devolved organization.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:05:14]
  • Great Resignation - [00:10:51]
  • Dominator Hierarchies - [00:15:26]
  • 4 Imperatives - [00:19:12]
  • Imperative 1: Team Autonomy - [00:26:14]
  • Autonomy Without Chaos - [00:32:25]
  • Imperative 2: Managerial Devolution - [00:37:15]
  • Dynamic & Contextual Leadership - [00:41:46]
  • Salary & Compensation - [00:44:30]
  • Imperative 3: Deficiency Gratification - [00:50:49]
  • Imperative 4: Candid Vulnerability - [00:54:23]
  • Applying Radical Collaboration - [00:59:54]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [01:02:42]


Matt K. Parker’s Bio
Matt K. Parker is a writer, speaker, researcher, and third-generation programmer. Over the last two decades, he’s played a variety of roles in the software industry, including developer, manager, director, and global head of engineering. He has specialized in hyper-iterative software practices for the last decade, and is currently researching the experience of radically collaborative software makers. He lives in a small village in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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