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Growing Technologists

“You’re never going to be made the tech lead of your team unless you’ve demonstrated that you’re also bringing up the next generation,” says Rachel Laycock, market technology principal for New York.

Rachel Laycock Quote

Johannes Thönes spoke with Rachel and with Jeff Norris, technology principal in San Francisco, in an 18­-minute interview about how to enable both learning within teams and personal development throughout careers.

This episode centers on practices and techniques that technical leaders can use to help their colleagues grow. We discuss the mix of skills and skill levels required for a successful team, as well as the common pitfalls faced by new technologists when they enter the industry.

Jeff closes by proposing that teams implement a good “skill gradient," in which all members simultaneously have people they can teach and others they can learn from.

More episodes of the Podcast can be found at SoundCloudiTunes or via RSS.

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