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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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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 ...
The best tech leads in the world are always the ones who have done time in management.
A tech lead is a manager … but
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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Means being consciously present in what you’re doing, while you’re doing it, as well as managing your mental and emotional state.
If you’re writing a report, mindfulness requires you to give that your full attention.
Doing the unexpected feeds the idea that you understand what real work looks like, creates a healthy culture, and established your role as a leader.
Taking on tasks and responsibilities that are "below your pay grade" builds trust and goodwill with your teams. It also squa...
At your workplace, if it is accepted by you and declared to your peers that you are not good at doing a certain job or task, you will not be assigned that type of job. This way you can be less busy doing mundane time-consuming work.
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