You are the new team lead or manager of an already established team.

And now what?

I am fortunate enough to be in a position of a team lead and in the past to be part of the HR Team of a vast non-profit IT team distributed all around Europe and I had been a main organizer for various non-profit events.

This year I organized a workshop event for 70 people and what they learned from running such initiatives is to not take things for granted, especially in dynamic fast-changing environments.

And isn’t the IT world as well such an environment?

In some places there are tens of companies fighting for IT specialist and yet managers make the same mistakes over and over again.

Even if the company is trying to enforce such policies, it is up to the managers to prove their loyalty to the team or lose the biggest talents.

Instead, listen to your people and use their straights!

What kind of manager/team lead are you?

Aleks Vladimriov is a Senior Software Developer, recognized Project Manager and Soft-skilled trainer and a coach.

Aleks Vladimirov

Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager

Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers’ needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.

He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.

He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.

In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.

He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.

In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.

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