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Re: Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:

by apl (Monsignor)
on Jun 24, 2008 at 22:21 UTC ( #693836=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:

I voted for Boss, which is sad. My entire chain of management is composed of former programmers who, once they became managers, completely forgot what had made them good programmers.


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Re^2: Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:
by technojosh (Priest) on Jun 25, 2008 at 20:03 UTC
    Is this pretty much standard, then?

    You've just described the last two shops i've worked at, and i have so many more years to go!

      The skillset, priorities and demands of a programmer are very different than those of a manager. You know you need to do regression testing (for example); he knows that Marketing has made a committment for a certain date. Something has to give.

      I understand that, but believe a truly great manager would be able to keep a foot in both camps. (Not that I should talk; I can't manage others to save my life).

Re^2: Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:
by swampyankee (Parson) on Jun 26, 2008 at 12:08 UTC

    apl said: …completely forgot what had made them good programmers.

    Yes, and then they (or their employers) forget that management is a skill that has to be acquired. This shows all the logic of assuming that Mike Tyson would make a good boxing referee.


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