A Career On The Web: Assuming Leadership

A Career On The Web: Assuming Leadership

Taking the step from being a member of a digital team to becoming a leader can be quite overwhelming. Having proven that you excel in the technical aspects of your job is most probably beyond question, but a leadership position will naturally confront you with entirely new challenges which also call for new skills. After all, a team is as good as its leader, right?

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To help you overcome the initial insecurities that such a big responsibility brings along, we have compiled only the most valuable advice from fellow industry leaders in this eBook. It is a trusty companion, no matter if you are about to build a team from scratch or have been promoted to leading an existing team of web designers and developers. Whether you’re struggling with hiring good employees, leading new web professionals, making side projects work as intended, or organizing internal training sessions, this eBook is sure to share with you all the practical knowledge and fresh ideas you need in order to improve your leadership skills and foster a passionate and agile team.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Assuming Leadership In Your Design Agency
    by Jeremy Girard
  • Lessons Learned From Leading New Web Professionals
    by Jeremy Girard
  • How And Why To Make Side Projects Work At A Digital Agency
    by Danny Bluestone
  • Internal Developer Training: Doing It Right
    by James Miller
  • How To Build An Agile UX Team: The Culture
    by Jeff Gothelf
  • How To Build An Agile UX Team: Hiring
    by Jeff Gothelf
  • How To Build An Agile UX Team: Integration
    by Jeff Gothelf
  • How To Recruit A UX Designer
    by Matthew Ogston

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 89
  • Language: English
  • Released: March 2015
  • Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
  • ISBN (PDF): 978-3-945749-14-2
  • ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-945749-12-8
  • ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-945749-13-5

Excerpt From Chapter 2

Lessons Learned From Leading New Web Professionals — by Jeremy Girard

Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to lead various web design and development teams, including a number of professionals fresh out of school. Along the way, I’ve made my share of mistakes and learned some valuable lessons.

Some new team members have jumped right in and begun contributing in a meaningful way almost immediately, and others have struggled to adjust to their new role because I failed as a leader and didn’t give them the tools they needed to succeed. One thing I’ve definitely learned is that the success of a new team member is determined not only by their own abilities and drive, but by the leadership on the team they are joining.

Excerpt From Chapter 4

Internal Developer Training: Doing It Right — by James Miller

People in the web industry in particular believe in sharing what they’ve learned and helping others to improve their skills. This is the perfect premise on which to develop an internal training program. Within your team lies a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience that can be shared and developed further. With a little effort and using resources freely available on the web, you can increase the technical competence of the team organically, with much lighter demands on time and cost.

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