Jason Wick has more than a decade of experience as an engineering manager, QA manager, team lead, automation engineer, audio tester, and test engineer. After working in a variety of fields from video games to music software, Jason has dramatically shifted his perspective on the role of QA inside a team in the last couple of years. Jason lives in Colorado and works at MakeMusic.
Simply having one-on-ones because they’re expected is not enough to realize their potential. To make one-on-ones effective, as the manager, you’ve got to be available, prepared, and engaged. It has to be more than a one-way status update. Here's how to use these meetings to promote trust, growth, and creativity.
Have you thought about what makes a team versus just a group of people working on the same thing? The difference is not purely semantics; it's a question of goals. A group is some individuals working together to get something done, while a team shares the same purpose. Do you share values and a mission with your team?