Mike Hill advises individuals on becoming coaches for their teams using 5 techniques: Sorting, Releasing, Situating, Modeling, and Inviting, and learning what should be avoided when coaching.
Corey Haines focuses his presentation on two elements of the craftsmanship manifesto: well-crafted software and a community of professionals. He believes that craftsmanship means forming quality software developers who choose their own practices and use them, starting as apprentices, becoming journeymen, and ending coding katas.
Chris Hedgate makes a difference between a good and a great developer. The former writes code quickly, knows how to solve problems, but his code tends to be hard to maintain on the long run. The good developer keeps an eye on the future trying to make sure the code evolves cleanly. Hedgate advices on how to move from good to great.
In the nature vs. nurture debate, researchers have declared nurture the winner. People who excel are the ones who work the hardest; it takes ten+ years of deliberate practice to become an expert. Deliberate practice is not about putting in hours, it’s about working to improve performance. It does not mean doing what you are good at; it means challenging yourself under the guidance of a teacher.
This presentation covers coaches, coaching, and how the two work together to help guide larger project communities and large agile adoptions. The session also discusses a bit on coaching in general as well as how coaches and managers can (and do) work together to consistently produce better software.
During QCon San Francisco 2008, InfoQ and BayAPLN, a local group of Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), organized a panel comprised of Agile experts which answered questions from the audience. The panelists were: David Chilcott, Moderator, Polyanna Pixton, David Hussman, Sue Mckinney, Pat Reed.
In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Scott Dillman talks about transforming developers into software craftsmen, people responsible for their work, continuously learning, taking pride in doing qualitative work, sharing knowledge and respecting professional standards.
In this presentation made during QCon 2007, Dave Thomas talks about expanding people's expertise in their domains of interest by not treating them uniformly as they had the same amount of knowledge and level of experience.
At NFJS Venkat Subramaniam, author with Andy Hunt of "Practices of an Agile Developer," shared his pragmatic approach to some of the important technical and non-technical factors contributing to project success, including: coding, developer attitude, debugging, mentoring and feedback.