Get Over the Thought that Engineers Are Being Difficult (When They Are Not)

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Some individuals don’t respond well with rules. Develop an understanding of why they react that way, you will realize that they do not intend to question or go against you.

People are motivated by one or a combination of:

- Inner expectations stem from themselves — commit to themselves

- Outer expectations come from others, work and society — commit to others

Four types of individuals arise as a result of this, defined by Gretchen Rubin, the author of “The Four Tendencies”.

4 types of engineers — based on wha

In my experience:

Take this into consideration when hiring and pairing engineers. Balancing out the team with diverse personalities can avoid conflicts and disagreements.

Questioner

How do you know you are working with questioners?

How to convince questioners to do things?

What to watch out for?

What tasks are best for questioners?

Rebels

How do you know you are working with rebels?

How to convince rebels to do things?

What to watch out for?

What tasks are best for rebels?

Obliger

How do you know you are working with obligers?

How to convince obligers to do things?

What to watch out for?

What tasks are best for obligers?

Upholder

How do you know you are working with upholders?

How to convince upholders to do things?

What to watch out for?

What tasks are best for upholders?

Sum it up

It is tempting to shove something down someone’s throat and ask them to “just do it”. If they are not convinced, they would just do the bare minimum to deliver what you need.

To multiply your team’s productivity, task someone with what they are naturally good at. To them, it is like a reflex that doesn’t take much thinking and effort. This saves you time from training someone else to reach the same level of proficiency.

Strength can also be a weakness, depending on the context. Avoid giving them tasks that cause them grief. Watch carefully when teaming them up with the same personality type that causes conflict. Don’t take it personally if they sound defiant.

Building a high performing team is everyone’s job.

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