Month: June 2018

Why I couldn’t write a manager README

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OK, so I tried. I really did try to write one. Multiple times. But for some reason, they all came out trite. Whenever I had a spare moment during the long Bank Holiday weekend, I would open up my laptop and begin to make notes on the definition of my role, on what I expect from those that report into me, how I like to communicate, the intricacies of my personality, and so on. Each […]

Can optimism ever be bad?

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Our psychology Taking a first step into management from an individual contributor background can be tough. Not only is the role a step up in terms of accountability and responsibility, it also widens the interfaces in which one operates: increased debate and discussion, more exposure to opposing views both inside and outside of the team, and deeper emotional connections, tensions and breakthroughs. An engineering manager can find themselves as a conduit and chair for all […]