Many software projects are too large for a single developer to complete in a reasonable amount of time. The team leader is a developer who guides the programmers into getting the job done.

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Is rotating the lead developer a good or bad idea?

I work on a team that has been flat organizationally since it's creation several months ago. My manager is non-technical and this means that our whole team is responsible for decision-making. My ...
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What to do when opensource project starts to tear apart? (or a manager tries to write code and then shouts at the team)

I'm working on an open source cross-platform client/server app. It is fairly complex and it's taken months for a group of developers to get it where it is now. At one point the team lead decided to ...
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Leading a not-so-good team

How would you manage if you are allocated a team of 5 with, say, 4 incompetent programmers and you are asked to lead? Obviously you can't code for the 4 guys (you can, but that is not a good idea. At ...
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Teamwork 101 for the solo newbie

Forgive my newbishness but I have a question to ask about teamwork...mainly because I stink at it. Most of my projects up until this point have been solo so I have a very limited experience with ...
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Stuff a lead developer for an Objective-C team should know

Advice on being a lead developer is welcome. Advice on being a lead developer of an Objective-C team more so. Unfortunately, I don't have experience in Objective-C (I suppose the first thing to do ...
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Strategic and Tactical direction for IT teams

In their influential team leadership book, "Peopleware", DeMarco and Lister suggest that managers should provide "strategic but not tactical direction" for their IT teams. This is intriguing, but ...
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What can I do? How would you react? HELP! [closed]

I'm trying to lead a software team that is falling behind. One of the main problems is that whenever something is mildly difficult, I end up having to assign it to myself. I had one other developer ...
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What is the main job of a team leader? [closed]

In a project following agile programming model what is the main job of a team leader? What are the job differences between team leader and project manager?
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How to earn team members respect as team lead

If you were hired into a new company as a team lead (say a team of 10) one of the important things to do is to earn the respect of the members of the team. In the early days the new team lead may know ...
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How does one become a leader in a team of programmers? [duplicate]

What skills, knowledge and talents should a junior programmer aim to obtain in order to be qualified to become a team leader?
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Starting to be a team leader [closed]

After half a year working for the company, I got two students to be leader for. So, I got some technical management responsibility. As I think, I should be not just a leader, but a teacher and the one ...