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Elastic Leadership

Growing self-organizing teams

Published by Manning
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book


Elastic leadership is a framework and philosophy that can help you as you manage day-to-day and long-term challenges and strive to create the elusive self-organizing team. It is about understanding that your leadership needs to change based on which phase you discover that your team is in. This book provides you with a set of values, techniques, and practices to use in your leadership role.

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About the Technology

Your team looks to you for guidance. You have to mediate heated debates. The team is constantly putting out fires instead of doing the right things, the right way. Everyone seems to want to do things correctly, but nobody seems to be doing so. This is where leaders get stuck. It's time to get unstuck! Elastic leadership is a novel approach that helps you adapt your leadership style to the phase your team is in, so you can stay in step as things change.

About the Book

Elastic Leadership is a practical, experience-driven guide to team leadership. In it, you'll discover a set of values, techniques, and practices to lead your team to success. First, you'll learn what elastic leadership is and explore the phases of this results-oriented framework. Then, you'll see it in practice through stories, anecdotes, and advice provided by successful leaders in a variety of disciplines, all annotated by author and experienced team leader, Roy Osherove.

What's Inside

  • Understanding why people do what they do
  • Effective coaching
  • Influencing team members and managers
  • Advice from industry leaders

About the Reader

This book is for anyone with a year or more of experience working on a team as a lead or team member.

About the Author

Roy Osherove is the DevOps process lead for the West Coast at EMC, based in California. He is also the author of The Art of Unit Testing (Manning, 2013) and Enterprise DevOps. He consults and trains teams worldwide on the gentle art of leadership, unit testing, test-driven development, and continuous-delivery automation. He frequently speaks at international conferences on these topics and others.

Table of Contents


  1. Striving toward a Team Leader Manifesto
  2. Matching leadership styles to team phases
  3. Dealing with bus factors

  5. Dealing with survival mode

  7. Learning to learn
  8. Commitment language
  9. Growing people

  11. Using clearing meetings to advance self-organization
  12. Influence patterns
  13. The Line Manager Manifesto

  15. Feeding back
  16. Channel conflict into learning
  17. It's probably not a technical problem
  18. Review the code
  19. Document your air, food, and water
  20. Appraisals and agile don't play nicely
  21. Leading through learning: the responsibilities of a team leader
  22. Introduction to the Core Protocols
  23. Change your mind: your product is your team
  24. Leadership and the mature team
  25. Spread your workload
  26. Making your team manage their own work
  27. Go see, ask why, show respect
  28. Keep developers happy, reap high-quality work
  29. Stop doing their work
  30. Write code, but not too much
  31. Evolving from manager to leader
  32. Affecting the pace of change
  33. Proximity management
  34. Babel Fish
  35. You're the lead, not the know-it-all
  36. Actions speak louder than words

About The Author

Roy Osherove is an internationally-recognized expert in unit testing and agile software methodology. Still an active coder, he consults and trains teams worldwide on the gentle art of unit testing and test-driven development. He is also the author of Elastic Leadership (Manning 2016). Roy’s blog is at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Manning (October 18, 2016)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781638351085

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