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Re^2: Working Solo and in a Team

by perldigious (Priest)
on Feb 16, 2017 at 14:55 UTC ( #1182146=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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...a manager who.. created a environment in which we... could work undisturbed from corporate politics and management games. He was the interface between us developers and the rest of the company.

Nailed it, but this is only half of what makes a great manager in my opinion, essentially "letting as little of the shit flow downhill as possible". The other half is always making sure your team is enabled as much as possible to do what they need; that they have necessary resources, equipment, etc., and don't waste their own time having to find ways to do so themselves or otherwise find workarounds.

I had one manager like this in my career, and God help me I miss him. I stay in touch and still tell him so from time to time.

Micromanagement is as worse as ignoring the problems of the developers. A manager who thinks is job description is "drill sergeant" won't be able to manage a team of developers.

Nailed half of it again. The other half here is when said manager refuses to accept responsibility for failure and instead blames his subordinates and/or predecessors. I've also had one manager who exhibited these behaviors.

"I'm a genius and always the smartest person in the room. I also am the greatest expert on every topic ever as soon as I've thought about it for at least five seconds, none of my subordinates could possible know more about anything than me so I should always be micromanaging them and telling them exactly what to do in every situation, and if you think what I said blatantly makes no sense that's just because you are so simple compared to my vast intellect. Well, if we failed in our goals it's obviously the fault of all my various subordinates and not me, because after all, I'm awesome; in fact it's ridiculous they haven't made me CEO of this company yet! Almost all of my subordinates hate me, give me horribly unflattering feedback, and want me fired? Well this is obviously just a culture problem I've inherited from the previous manager, so the problem now is obviously all of my subordinates, it couldn't possibly be me, I reiterate, I'm awesome! Now excuse me, I have to go give completely undeserved promotions to literally the only two people working under me who do nothing but kiss my ass and inflate my ego."

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Re^3: Working Solo and in a Team
by afoken (Canon) on Feb 17, 2017 at 16:49 UTC
    The other half is always making sure your team is enabled as much as possible to do what they need; that they have necessary resources, equipment, etc., and don't waste their own time having to find ways to do so themselves or otherwise find workarounds.

    You are right, and I really forgot that.

    I started my first job as an intern, and during the first months, we (the team) noticed that database performance was less than optimal. I googled a little bit, read everyone recommending to use a Sun + Solaris as the base for Oracle, instead of x86 + NT. So I scribbled a three page Powerpoint file, showing the current NT database box as another application server, and a Sun in the center, running Oracle. Expecting nothing but a "nice idea, but we can't afford that" or a "we are a Windows company", I showed my manager that three pages. He asked what that Sun is and what it costs. "Umm, let me google that." A few days later, he told me "your Sun is coming." Imagine my face. I was about to ask "are you kiddin' me?", but he simply ordered that machine and the required software, for a five-digit number. And boy, it was fast! During the next weeks, we reorganized the servers and integrated the Sun, as a wrote in that Powerpoint file. End of performance problems.

    Still makes my smile.

    I had one manager like this in my career, and God help me I miss him.

    I know what you are missing. Same here, for several years.

    The other half here is when said manager refuses to accept responsibility for failure and instead blames his subordinates and/or predecessors. I've also had one manager who exhibited these behaviors.
    "I'm a genius and always the smartest person in the room ..."

    Luckily never met one of those, except perhaps in a failed job interview.

    Alexander

    --
    Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)

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