My writing is mainly my thoughts and opinions on people in tech. Namely all things leadership, management, how to collaborate effectively and how to foster empathetic teams.
Leadership as an Individual Contributor
Or: How to lead if you're not a manager. In the time of empowered (and hopefully self-organizing) teams it feels like a given, that not only people in management positions should be the ones taking on leadership. Heck, some teams and organizations even require their teams and senior developers to 'be leaders' without any kind of formal authority. At the same time, it feels very difficult to nail down what leading means for people who are not enabled by an organization's authority as managers usually are.
Some time ago, as I started to spend more time on growing our tech team at vaamo again, I realized that I had put off one thing for much too long already: Putting down my definition of maturity and technical leadership in software teams. In order to get this finally sorted out, I'll lay out the aspects that together make up a mature developer.