Leadership Patterns for Software and Technology Professionals


pmwj50-Sep2016-Zorinsky-BOOKBook Title:   Leadership Patterns for Software and Technology Professionals
Author:        Matt McBride
Publisher:    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
List Price:     $28.99
Format:       Paperback
Publication Date:   2016
ISBN: 1508634408
Reviewer:     Eldon Zorinsky
Review Date: August, 2016



In his new book, Leadership Patterns for Software and Technology Professionals, author Matt McBride addresses what are, in his view, the most challenging aspects associated with developing good software – communication and leadership skills.

In today’s business environment, it has become the norm to utilize teams of software and technology professionals to develop complex software systems. It is well understood that the number of stakeholders assigned to typical development teams and the diversity of their respective backgrounds combined with potential organizational barriers makes good communication and alignment on objectives difficult. It is imperative to overcome these obstacles in order to deliver high quality software on time and within budget. However, these issues are not being effectively addressed by many organizations.

The author is convinced that better outcomes can be consistently achieved by software professionals through the application of effective leadership practices. He reviews many of the problems that are typically encountered and then, based upon his real-world experiences, proposes ways to deal with them using a structured approach to leadership that enhances team member and stakeholder engagement and improves interactions among everyone affected by the project in ways that quickly drive insightful and productive solutions.

Leadership Patterns for Software and Technology Professionals discusses how overlaying technical and project efforts with certain leadership (behavior) patterns allows problems to be re-framed in ways that can facilitate the formulation of solutions which deliver more effective and desirable results. These patterns provide a useful template that will help the reader leverage their leadership, influence, and relational skills to deliver impressive results.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book begins with an explanation of the author’s reasons for writing this book along with a discussion of his overall objectives. This is followed by a description of the “Leadership Ladder” and its relationship to the reader’s personal goals. It is organized in a way that provides a very useful structure that identifies important leadership (behavior) patterns in four distinct areas of leadership: Self (S), Team (T), Project (P) and Customer (C). The patterns in each of the aforementioned areas are clearly defined and examined as separate chapters.

Self Leadership patterns include the Leader pattern, the Adaptor, the Iterator, the Communicator and finally, the Facilitator pattern. Team leadership patterns include Engagement, Coach, Freeze Frame and Tuner. Project leadership patterns discussed are the Early Riser, Snap, Vision, Base Camp, Wizard, Oz, and Showboat. Finally, Customer leadership patterns include Hat, Resolute, Pace Car, Partner, Translator and Step.

Each “pattern” chapter for a given area begins with a situational scenario followed by: a problem statement; the context of how the particular pattern is used to address the problem; the solution – how use of the described leadership pattern effectively addresses the problem; and a final section that deals with applications and consequences.

The last chapter of the book includes several exercises that provide an opportunity for the reader to practice using these patterns.


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About the Reviewer

Dr. Eldon J. Zorinsky, PMP

North Texas, USA


Eldon Zorinsky
is an award-winning technology executive, program director, certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He specializes in building high performance teams of technical and business professionals and leading them in the definition, development and commercialization of new products and technologies.

He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, MO and a Bachelor of Science degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.  He holds numerous patents in the areas of semiconductor devices and device isolation and over the course of his career, has successfully led product and technology development and commercialization efforts that generated combined revenue of nearly $1B.

Eldon is an active member of the Dallas Chapter of PMI and is currently serving as a Workshops Director with the Chapter’s Professional Development Group.  He is also a member of IEEE, The Engineering Management Society, AAAS, and The American Vacuum Society. Email: [email protected]


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