Scaling Teams: Strategies for Building Successful Teams and Organizations Paperback – 27 Jan 2017
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About the Author
David Loftesness formerly managed engineering teams at Twitter, Xmarks, A9, and Amazon. Currently he is a dad, advises startups, mentors new managers, and writes stuff down.Alexander Grosse is currently the VP of Engineering at issuu. Previously, he was the VP of Engineering at SoundCloud and the R&D director at Nokia.
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The authors with a history of experience in Silicon Valley, Alexander Grosse worked with Nokia and SoundCloud and David Lofteness with Twitter to Amazon, provide an immense amount of examples that they have encountered have worked and also failed when determining how to successfully manage a team. The five so-called bare bone points of learning that comprise of the core areas of discussion in the book have shown and gained proven results. And although, one may be cognizant of Grosse and Lofteness’s background and the work settings in which they have employed and worked with people, the bottom line, their examples are applicable to any work setting that has experienced the ups and downs of operating within an effective manner. There is no doubt, for anyone that has worked with stumbling blocks or issues that have arisen within a team environment, the scenarios and resolutions that are included within the introduction up to the last chapter discussing scaling communication are eye-openers. One may be daunted by the organizational charts and graphs and the handbook and somewhat textbook appearance, but that should not breathe discouragement; it is the content of examples, interviews, and case studies speaking from those that have experienced the success and weakness that goes through the process. And two of the most interesting chapters of the book focus on people management and communication as well as the questions that are dispersed within it and the additional resources that readers may further explore.
After reading Scaling Teams, somewhere one will find something interesting to apply within their team. The book is not merely a lesson in management but also empathy to those that comprise of the team from the leaders to those that are being led.
Packed with practical, battle-tested advice, Scaling Teams is an essential read for managers and founders seeking to grow their teams. Rather than present broad philosophical approaches to management, the book focuses on the practical: developing a scaling plan, the merits of various models of team organization, even how to organize your inbox and communication channels for maximal communication. Moreover, the book contains pointers to external blog posts that provide a wealth of real world stories and experiences that supplement the text. When scaling a team, plan beats no plan, and Scaling Teams is essential reading for those planning on growing their teams and companies.
The book has a few drawbacks. It is clearly aimed at managers and offers less practical advice for the line engineers in a rapidly growing company. The work of scaling a team is indeed a team effort, and I would have liked to see more emphasis on advice to non-managers.
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