Chapter 13 continues on the topic about how to keep people on your team motivated and interested in the software development field. I think this chapter has to be one of my favorites so far. All of the suggestions that are made about how to keep passion going in a team were interesting to go over, and just reading about them makes me want to give them a try. I think that my favorite idea, out of those suggested, was just switching projects for a few hours. This one is so simple and can be done a once a week, so it shouldn’t interfere with anyone’s work, but it is an easy way for team members to get invested in one another’s projects, and also encourage the learning and use of other softwares/ways of thinking in their own projects.

Chapter 14 mostly focuses on how to deal with different types of people that may end up on your team and how to encourage them to keep up with technical practices. I found that this chapter really just boils down to “know what you are talking about.” If you completely understand what you are trying to change, whether it is implementing TDD or trying to use a new language, the more you know about it the easier it is to explain it to everyone else. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone will except it just from your knowledge allow. Being able to also show your teammates and company how effective your change will be is also very important. In the end, to change the minds of the people that you work with, you want to make sure that you can clearly communicate with them, listen to what they have to say, and present these new changes in a way that will hopefully persuade most of your members to adopting them.

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