February 2014

Team Building Part 1

CHAOS Tuesday #35 is all about team building. Our guest for this show is David Sturman is an experienced software developer and CTO with proventrackrecord of building solid teams.  In this show we cover building a team. How to create the right chemistry and dealing with members that disrupt this chemistry.  The show does a book review on “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni. Here the author creates a fictional story of a CEO of with a dysfunctional executive committee. Through the story telling the author weaves answers on how to make the executives function as a team. In this program we explore:

  • The 3 most important things you need to do when building a team
  • The 3 most common mistakes people make when building a team
  • How does organization culture affect the way you build a team?
  • The process you go through when bringing in a new team member
  • How to know a new team has the right chemistry to fit into the team
  • How to handle a new member that is toxic to the team

Part of CHAOS Tuesday: looks at resources that can be used to build a new team.

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David Sturman

David Sturman is an experienced software developer and CTO with a proven track record of building and guiding smart, innovative and agile technical teams on the cutting edge of technology in rapid growth environments. He is able to function at all levels from strategy, to process, to architecture, to hands-on code development, and can bridge the gap between management and engineering. David’s technical expertise in graphics, simulation, and visualization, as well as scalable internet technologies, but possesses skills that are relevant across most software and systems efforts. David is currently Senior Director, Software Development at Audible, Inc. (Amazon). Dave worked CTO GenArts, Massive, and VP Software Development TheStreet.com. David received his PHd from MIT Media Labs and BS Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


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