10 Ways Managers are Wasting Their Developers' Potential

Devaluating the company in the process

Willem-Jan Ageling
Awesome Agile

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Managers and software developers often have strained relationships. This may be related to a clash of perceived realities. Many managers strive to maximize the capacity of their teams. Developers grapple with the complexity of building software products.

This clash of realities is an important reason for many harmful interactions between managers and developers.

Here are ten ways managers are wasting their developers' potential. Grab your bingo card and check how many are a reality for you!

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1. Making promises to stakeholders without the developer’s consent

Let’s start with this gem:

“Good morning! I just had a meeting with our client. They want us to build their onboarding app. We agreed to have it ready at the end of the year.”

Whenever you hear a manager uttering such sentences, you know you are in trouble. Someone else made promises you have to keep without your consent.

As absurd as it seems, it happens all the time. The prospect of generating more revenue is too alluring to refrain from promising things that are way out of order.

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Willem-Jan Ageling
Awesome Agile

https://ageling.substack.com Writer, editor, founder of Serious Scrum. I love writing about maximizing value.