Today I want to finish writing about some gems I read in The Mythical Man Month. One quote that rings true is that "authority comes from accomplishment". You got to earn it.
Here is some more guidance that we do not practice on our system. You should put the documentation right into the code. I am not sure if that is the same as saying your source code is the documentation, or whether you should add a lot of comments.
Do you want high developer productivity? Then focus on quality. In fact, quality is the single biggest factor which determines whether the team shall succeed.
P.S. Do nightly builds. It will increase your quality.
Getting Access to the Code - Right now I am working on a tiger team to research why this new reporting system has different data than the old one. Most of the time I try to figure out...