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Elastic Leadership: Growing Self-Organizing Teams

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Elastic leadership is a framework and philosophy that can help you as you manage day-to-day and long-term challenges and strive to create the elusive self-organizing team. It is about understanding that your leadership needs to change based on which phase you discover that your team is in. This book provides you with a set of values, techniques, and practices to u
Paperback, 238 pages
Published October 24th 2016 by Manning Publications
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Sebastian Gebski
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. Far from being a complete resource on leadership, but I loved it anyway for one particular reason: it's the only book I can recall that gives a lot of consideration to one of the most critical phenomenons in technical leadership -> getting teams out of the survival mode. I really mean it: Roy perfectly describes what SM is, what are its consequences, how hard it is to get out of it & ... how few actually manages to do so. I find it very valuable as according to my observ ...more
Zbyszek Sokolowski
While reading the book I had mixed feelings while some parts are brilliant and worth reading, some appeared to me far from ideal. The main idea of book that development is done is three phases thus modes:

1. survival mode
2. learning mode
3. self-organizing mode

Survival is when project is somehow endangered, needs strict control. The learning mode is something between former and the next. It is phase when there is some space for learning and making less or more controlled m
Henry Suryawirawan
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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If you ever doubt or question yourself whether you are doing the right things on technical leadership, this book provides you with nuggets of technical leadership essentials. I myself can relate to my leadership journeys, especially during my startup days. The book is light and easy to read. I particularly like the concept of the three team phases and how each phase requires a certain leadership style and responsibilities. The notes to software team leaders are also insightful and interesting to ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
There are a couple of primary ideas in this book related to leading teams in a way which fits their current context and encouraging the team members to commit to taking action to resolve problems they identify (to avoid leaders becoming bottlenecks). Some ways to put these ideas into practice are also identified.
Ismail Mayat
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book, what really comes through is the authors years of experience.

My favourite section of the book is the chapter 'notes to a software team lead' some real gold nuggets.

Have pushed a copy to my kindle as I will be coming back this book again and again.
Eduards Sizovs
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book is OK. Some good advice for young team leaders. The main idea of the book is that a leader should adapt its leadership model, depending on the "mode" the team is in:
1. survival mode
2. learning mode
3. self-organizing mode
Christophe Addinquy
There is no new stuff in this rather pleasant book. The authors describes several leadership mode including the "command & control" one ! The great value of this text is to make basic keys to leadership accessible to developper who will start this position. The craft point of view helps a lot
Ma note de lecture en Français ici
Yuri Kushch
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book, good content on leadership and inspiration.
Potentially, could contain a lot of advices if you're thinking on improving & growing your team. Also, could change vision a bit, if you didn't think about how to grow the team of highly responsible professionals.
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