DOP 245: Building Your Best Team Ever

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2024

Show Notes

#245: Imagine this. You think you’ve been hired into a team of all A players. Think Wayne Gretsky, Michael Jordan, Lionel Messi, etc. Instead, what’s really happened is you’ve been assigned to the team that is nothing more than the people that played behind the people that played behind the A players. Yeah, you’ve been demoted to the third string team.

You think, ok, at least I made a team and I’m not bagging groceries (is that still a thing?) down at the local market. Now that you’re on a team, how do you plug in and help make the team better?

In this episode, we speak with Dr. David Burkus about his latest book “Best Team Ever”. We go into the 3 key areas that both the manager and the players need to understand in order to actually create a team that might even be able to beat a team of A players.


David Burkus

David Burkus

David Burkus is an organizational psychologist and the bestselling author of four books about business and leadership. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into dozens of languages. His insights on leadership and teamwork have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USAToday, Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Since 2017, Burkus has been ranked as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. As a sought-after international speaker, his TED Talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He’s worked with leaders from organizations across all industries including Google, Stryker, Fidelity, Viacom, and even the US Naval Academy.


Darin Pope

Darin Pope

Darin Pope is a developer advocate for CloudBees.

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences (latest can be found here).

He has published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox and Test-Driven Java Development.

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

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