How DevOps Can Help You Deal with Overly Aggressive Team Members

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In her Personality Matters series, Leslie Sachs examines the personalities and people-issues that are found in technology groups from cross-functional, high-performance teams to dysfunctional matrix organizations.

DevOps organization. You need to have aggressive personalities with a strong achievement-focused drive to create new features and improved systems. But you also need to temper this aggressiveness with the more balanced “Type B” behaviors that encourage review and careful analysis. This balance is exactly what the burgeoning DevOps movement brings to the table.

DevOps brings together the views of folks engaged in QA activities, software development, operations, and also information security. Keep in mind that many people are attracted to each of these essential disciplines, in part, due to their personalities as well as by how these roles fit into the goals and objectives of their respective teams. DevOps brings together and improves communications between teams; it also brings together stakeholders with different viewpoints and often very different personalities. Successful teams harness this diversity to help ensure that their cross-functional teams are more effective. The most effective managers understand the basic personalities and communication styles that are often found in cross-functional teams and become adept at developing strategies which utilize these differences productively. With encouragement, competitive “Type A’s” and more laid-back “Type B’s” can learn to “play nice” so that each of their strengths are incorporated and contribute to overall team success!

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