I'm a member of a software development team (~20 people). My team lead is moving temporarily to different position within the company (and also moving geographically) for a four month period. He's asked and I've agreed to take over for the duration.
I've been in my current individual contributor role (with some nontrivial amount of technical leadership responsibilities) for about two years; prior to that I had some amount of experience in the management function (being entrepreneur in a two-person company - we did roll out Trinity to some extent).
Four months is a short period of time, and I'm expecting I'll be stepping back into my current IC role when my team lead returns. There's a bunch of great advice on the casts and forums, and I'll be going through it like there's no tomorrow, but I'm not sure what to make of the four-month timeframe.
What's the best approach here? My gut tells me to not make many (any?) changes, and when changes must happen involve my absentee team lead in the change process (he's not flying to Mars, communication will be possible).
How should I approach delegation? I'm fairly sure I'll have to (and want to) delegate things to my directs/colleagues. My gut would go for emphasizing that delegation will be temporary at first, to see how it would work. We try to be an agile house so it should fit right in.
But starting full Trinity roll-out? Not a good idea in my opinion.