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Office Politics for the Thin-Skinned Developer

Office Politics for the Thin-Skinned Developer

Video of the presentation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amFtMIRBtZs

This is a primer aimed at software developers about accomplishing both personal and organizational goals by engaging in office politics. Particularly, the talk relays four case studies emphasizing the importance of awareness, empathy, unity, and patience when navigating the murky waters of highly-charged political environments.

This talk was delivered at Kalamazoo X 2013 by Justin Searls from Test Double

Justin Searls

April 13, 2013
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  1. for the thin-skinned
    Office Politics
    e

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  2. Office Politics
    e
    for the humans

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  3. UNITED STATES OF WAT

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  4. 96 stick figures
    q

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  5. local vs. global optima
    You can be TOO good
    Z

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  6. programmer
    1
    user

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  7. programmer
    3
    user
    product owner

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  8. programmer
    4
    user
    product owner
    programmer
    designer

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  9. programmer
    5
    user
    product owner
    programmer
    designer
    "the business"
    C

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  10. programmer
    6
    user
    product owner
    programmer
    designer
    "the business"
    C
    tester

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  11. development
    team
    6
    user
    product owner
    "the business"
    C
    tester

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  12. development
    team
    6
    product owner
    "the business"
    C
    tester
    release
    manager
    user

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  13. development
    team
    6
    user
    product owner
    "the business"
    C
    tester
    sales guy
    release
    manager

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  14. development
    team
    6
    user
    product owner
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    sales guy
    release
    manager

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  15. development
    team
    6
    user
    product owner
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    sales team
    release
    manager

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  16. development
    team #1
    8
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    release
    manager
    sales team

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  17. development
    team #1
    9
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    release
    manager
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2

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  18. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    release
    manager
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2

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  19. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2

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  20. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team

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  21. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    C
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba

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  22. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba

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  23. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba
    AWESOME TEAM

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  24. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba
    AWESOME TEAM

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  25. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba
    AWESOME TEAM

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  26. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the business"
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba
    AWESOME TEAM

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  27. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba
    "the business"
    AWESOME TEAM

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  28. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba

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  29. development
    team #1
    0
    user
    product
    owner #1
    "the new business"
    q.a. team
    change
    management
    sales team
    development
    team #2
    product
    owner #2
    devops
    team
    dba
    C

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  30. or nothing will ever change
    Allow others to fail
    x

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  31. analyst analyst analyst

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  32. product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  33. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  34. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  35. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  36. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  37. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  38. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  39. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  40. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  41. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  42. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  43. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  44. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  45. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  46. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  47. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  48. team A team B team C
    product
    owner
    product
    owner
    product
    owner

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  49. Patience
    z
    v
    Unity
    M
    Empathy
    5
    Awareness
    9

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  50. Get Political
    z

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  51. My name is Justin Searls
    Please tweet me @searls &
    Say [email protected]

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  52. attribution
    Larry Hardiman came up with the
    quote about politics & ticks.
    Delivery Man designed by jon trillana
    from The Noun Project
    Desk designed by James Thoburn from
    The Noun Project
    Businessperson designed by Devochkina
    Oxana from The Noun Project
    Smart Phone designed by Stefan
    Bumbeck from The Noun Project
    Wireless from The Noun Project
    Gas Station Attendant designed by
    Simon Child from The Noun Project
    Sleep designed by DonBLC 123 from
    The Noun Project
    Thought Bubble designed by irene
    hoffman from The Noun Project
    Hat designed by Adhara Garcia from
    The Noun Project
    Devil designed by Luis Prado from The
    Noun Project
    Idea from The Noun Project
    Bird Cage designed by Matthias Schmidt
    und Jule Steffen from The Noun Project
    Bomb designed by Maximilian Becker
    from The Noun Project
    Question designed by Martin Delin
    from The Noun Project
    Warning designed by Lindley White
    from The Noun Project
    Bocce Ball designed by MaxineVSG
    from The Noun Project
    Throw designed by Jakob Vogel from
    The Noun Project
    Skull designed by Gabriele Fumero from
    The Noun Project

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