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?
Management for Technologists
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
Why be a Technologist? ”What made you choose to be a technical professional?” Good evening! Do you believe in accidents? Do you believe in choice? When you go to an ice cream store, (assuming you like a particular ice cream) do you always select the same flavor? Do you really select that “favorite ice cream (or food) or does it select you? Does your physiology begin the cascade of chemicals as soon as you see that favorite flavor and … [Read more...] about #20 Why Are You A Technologist?
Have It Your Way ”A Million and One Ways to Lead!” Good evening! If you’ve been reading my recent blogs you have probably gotten the seemingly radical message that there are a million and one ways to manage and/or lead. There is the best way to manage or lead in any given situation and the best way … depends. It depends on the context, the situation. This is the reason that, if we are to measure a successful leader by the amount of … [Read more...] about #15 A Million and One
”Define your context, get your management style!” Good evening! So ultimately we get back to the fundamental, basic question and that is: What is the best management style to use in a given situation? By now, after reading my last three blogs, you probably get that achieving results and selecting the management style that best achieves results is not just about the qualifications of the direct report or team being managed. In fact, I’m … [Read more...] about #14 Contextual Definition
”And the winner of the Best Management Style is….!” Good evening! In this blog, I want to continue the thread I started two blogs ago in the blog of 101606. The topic is how best to manage to get results. I’ve introduced Andy Card’s comments in the book “State of Denial” and the situations brought about by Carli Fiorina and Mark Hurd at Hewlett Packard. The basic message is that different situations require different management styles to … [Read more...] about #13 Management Extremes