Optimizing is a manager’s duty. Let the people do the same things better, cheaper or faster.
A leader works to discover new ways of doing new things, uncovering new paths going off the bitten track.
Bad news, at least for Chief Teasle, is that you cannot treat top-skilled, highly trained professionals, as you would treat 18-year-old grunts. Bossy bosses are quietly disappearing from all professions where the work force is skilled and trained.
The more skilled, the faster.
Related: It’s not dealing with cogs anymore: Where did all the good jobs go?A hint. They’re not coming back. In the following decades we are not going to deal with cogs and nuts anymore. Being a compliant worker is not going to be an advantage since machines can be more compliant than any of us
The new lieutenant didn’t speak the same language as his team.
The new lieutenant was not honest nor sincere. He tried to cover his weaknesses, stopping anyone from helping him.
The new lieutenant never planned a strategy nor did have a plan B. And when confronted with mistakes or the unforeseen he just improvised reactive actions without telling the team why.
After so much of a hussle, Gorman finally realized he needed to start contributing to the team, instead of commanding them. And in his final moments gets both the leadership and respect from his team.
After confronting risk and danger to let the rest retreat to safety, he finally met his end working together with Private Vasquez.
Last words of Vasquez to the lieutenant seems peyorative. But Vasquez is treating Gorman not as an authority figure, nor with disrespect. She is talking to him like she did with Hudson, Hicks, Drake, … she is treating the lieutenant as she treats any other member of the team, because Gorman has finally started leading.
The one thing I really don’t like about Bob Martin’s Clean Coder is how it relates ownership of your mistakes.
“What would happen if you allowed a bug to slip through a module, and it cost your company $10,000? The nonprofessional would shrug his shoulders, say “stuff happens,” and start writing the next module. The professional would write the company a check for $10,000!”
But it’s very rare (even pretentious) to consider something YOUR mistake (or YOUR success, by the way).
Software is not written as a solo performance anymore. The times when a graphic designer and a programmer would join to create a videogame are gone. Nowadays dozens (or hundreds!) of people get together to write software collaboratively.
‘Very well, very well, Master Elrond!’ said Bilbo suddenly. ‘Say no more! It is plain enough what you are pointing at. Bilbo the silly hobbit started this affair, and Bilbo had better finish it, or himself.
‘Of course, my dear Bilbo,’ said Gandalf. ‘If you had really started this affair, you might be expected to finish it. But you know well enough now that starting is too great a claim for any, and that only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.
We, programmers, are not novelists anymore, but part of a company of performers and script writers who put together a play.
You must own your mistakes. But as a company, not as a lone-wolf. And you can own them in many more ways than simply paying money for them. You can own them understanding them, making sure the issue won’t regress in the future…
You can own it in a much better sense than just paying a speed ticket.