5 Whys is a blog about technical leadership in the software world.

You Can't Fire Everyone

If you go through your leadership career wondering "if only I'd been stuck with a better team of developers - we'd do much better" - you're doing it wrong.

Management - done right, is a tough job. That's why you get paid more. But some managers prefer to go through life taking the money and not doing the hard work. (loosely quoting Jerry Weinberg).

Take a hard look in the mirror --

Your job as a leader and manager is to turn your team into a team you can be proud of.

If you easily resort to getting people out of the team - you're not doing your job.

Grow them -- invest time and effort. Do the hard things and the things that scare you.


The title is from this book. it's not great, but the title is very nice.

How to be an effective code coach

Don't be afraid to become management