Becoming a Technology Team Leader

Noah Brier, co-founder of Percolate, wrote an article for TechCrunch on Becoming An Engineering Manager, where he describes the job of being an engineering manager, he makes several good points that I agree with, I noticed that he was lacking in some parts of his message, and his use and description of the position of manager is something I strongly disagree with.

Stereotyping Developers

I saw this firsthand while working at the CBC where I led a team of 17 developers. When I was first got approached for the role, the department’s director told me:

The Human Parts of Leadership

Understanding individuals’ motivation

Noah is spot on over how important it is to understand people’s motivations. This is the first step to establishing a relationship with your team as a group and as individuals.

Establishing a relationship

Essentially you are making a friend, and more importantly: you are becoming one!

Boots on the ground

It certainly is not necessary to share the same skills with your team (in this industry or any other) but it certainly goes a long way in helping you appreciate your team’s effort and in understanding their challenges.

To be or not to be (a manager)

Many promoted developers fall into the promotion trap, thinking they can balance the expectations of a typical managerial role, while retaining their connection to their friends on the team and continue to be part of the team in contributing to the work.

YMMV

Don’t undermine the human factor! My experience and the people I’ve had the pleasure (and misfortune) of working with may or may not relate to some of yours. If you are a software developer being promoted into a Development Manager role, take your own path and don’t forget your roots! Stay connected to your team and never wear that metaphorical suit!

original post & comments on my blog

Co-Founder @ Cor.dev, Advocate of all things Open Source, Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur. Previously: npm, TELUS, Kong, CBC

Co-Founder @ Cor.dev, Advocate of all things Open Source, Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur. Previously: npm, TELUS, Kong, CBC