Should a technical manager be a technical expert? Hello everyone! There seems to be an on-going debate about how technical an engineering manager ought to be. Some say that any manager worth his or her weight in salt has to understand the technology they're managing well enough to actually have answers and be capable of doing some of the work themselves. Others say that any manager worth his or her weight in salt doesn't have to … [Read more...] about #67 How Technical Should A Manager Be?
Archives for July 2008
Can you think your way through management? Hello everyone! How does science progress? On the shoulders of giants, so the saying goes. Those of you who have taken my classes have heard me say that for the typical engineer, management is a new career. That's my saying. You've also heard that science progresses on the shoulders of the giants who have come before us. All knowledge builds on the foundations of the past. Algebra is the … [Read more...] about #66 On The Shoulders of Giants!
Can I make a contractor part of my team? Hello everyone! I have a coaching client who has a big challenge. He is attempting the development of a website by hiring contract website development from overseas independent contractors and companies. He is finding programmers who are technically competent. In some cases very technically competent. He uses instant messaging (IM) and emails and in some cases phone calls to communicate with his … [Read more...] about #65 Managing Projects Half a World Away
What to do when you don’t have the answer. Hello everyone! Just say No or is it I don't know? How often do you say, "I don't know?" How often do you say, "I forgot to do that?" How often do you say, "Sorry, I didn't do it?" To most engineers, scientists, and technical professionals these are deadly statements. No self-respecting engineer wants to say, "Oh, I forgot to do that". And no self-respecting engineer wants to say, "I … [Read more...] about #64 Just Say No or Is It I Don’t Know?
Manage groups or individuals? Hello everyone! There was an article published recently in CIO magazine (http://www.cio.com), June 24, 2008, "Coaching Style Matters in Managing Millennials). It stated that those employees that are classified as the Millenial generation are best managed by using Coaching as a management style. It went on to list certain approaches the author thought best for this specific age group. While there may well be … [Read more...] about #63 Managing Millennials