1. What Makes a Successful IT Team Leader?

    November 10, 2009 by Craig

    I was just asked to give my top 5 qualities that I’d like to see in an IT Team Leader. Here’s what I came up with, in order of preference:

    1. Dedication to excellence in communication: honesty, clarity, transparency, approachability, willingness to listen to the people closest to the problem at hand.
    2. Ability to convince upper management of the realities on the current business & IT environment and the necessary steps for IT to help achieve business goals.
    3. Familiarity and/or experience with strategies that make a successful IT department.
      1. One of the ways to demonstrate this familiarity is to have read & be able to discuss some of the excellent and important books on the subject: Peopleware, The Mythical Man-Month, The Inmates are Running the Asylum, Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering. There are many others. I expect an IT team leader to have read and understand at least two of them.
    4. Ability and drive to eliminate obstacles to the productivity of the IT team: a problem-solver.
    5. Practical experience with technology and/or software development.

  2. Wikipedia Tourism #23

    November 5, 2009 by Craig

    They also want to visit the UK, so they can both have a chance to use their opposite controls.

    From Abigail and Brittany Hensel, conjoined twins who together are able to drive.