The second part of our discussion with Phil Alves takes us into designing an environment where we embrace feedback and use it for growth. Communication is often key to successful teamwork, and feedback is the most important thing we can communicate. That is how we learn that our approach is wrong or can be improved. We can sit back and watch others. However, the active participation of feedback takes out the guesswork.

Improvement Follows When We Embrace Feedback

Our discussion takes us through improving as a developer and as a team. We can improve in both areas when we embrace feedback and build a culture that desires that level of communication. A close look at high-performing cultures and organizations almost always shows that the members are comfortable with communicating and receiving feedback. It is almost like learning on the job. Our co-workers instruct us, and we provide the same for them.

This interaction not only helps us learn faster but it also builds trust within the team. The members become more comfortable discussing their challenges, and growth becomes a part of the team rather than a competition. While this can occur only among team members, it is best when the organization takes this approach from the top to the bottom. Clear communication and feedback help make everyone better.

About Phil

Phil is a product and engineering leader. He has led the build of 100+ software products, working closely with hundreds of SaaS Founders. The list includes SaaS products for his use, bootstrapping founders, VC-funded fast-growing startups, and big enterprises like ADP, Box, and the US Ski Team.

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DevSquad is a bootstrapped, profitable, ~90-person boutique consulting firm specializing in strategizing, designing, and developing SaaS products.


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Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a lifetime learner as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is the founder of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences and a few about becoming a better developer. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although they have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax or working on his ballroom dance skills.

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