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The Engineer/Manager Pendulum

The Engineer/Manager Pendulum

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Managers as tech leads

Managers as tech leads

The best tech leads in the world are always the ones who have done time in management.

A tech lead is a manager  … but

  • Their first priority is achieving the task at hand
  • They know how to communicate and manage other people
  • They know how to get shit done
  • They connect the dots between business objectives and technical objectives, and break down big objectives

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Individual Contributors get limited perspective

Being an IC is like reverse-engineering how a company works with very little information. A lot of things seem ridiculous, or pointless or inefficient from the perspective of a leaf node.

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Management is not a promotion, management is a change of profession . And you will be bad at it for a long time after you start doing it. If you don’t think you’re bad at it, you aren’t doing your job.

Managing because it feeds your ego is a terrific way to be sure that your engineers get to report to someone miserable and resentful, someone who should really be writing code.

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Frontline Managers

Frontline Managers

The best frontline eng managers in the world are the ones that are never more than 2-3 years removed from hands-on work, full time down in the trenches. The best individual contributors are the ones who have done time in management.

And the best technical leaders in the world are often the ones who do both. Back and forth. Like a pendulum.

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