I wish i had said this, but it was said by firstname.lastname@example.org in comp.software-eng.
- lead by example
- don’t ask anything of anyone they wouldn’t do themselves
- are called on to make difficult and unpopular decisions
- keep the team focused
- reward/support their team in whatever they do
- keep/clear unnecessary crap out of the way of the team
Consensus is great. If it lasts for the project lifecycle, consider yourself blessed. I’ve been on a couple projects where two engineers just blantantly disagreed! They were always:
Programmer #1 says “x = 1”
Programmer #2 says “x != 1”
That’s when a Project Leader is required. Unless you want to flip a coin.
Oh yah – one more thing. Project leaders: TAKE the blame when things go wrong and SHARE the credit when things go right.
Ain’t easy – but it’s the way I try to run my life.”
Author: email@example.com in comp.software-eng.
Found at: http://www.possibility.com/Cpp/CppCodingStandard.html