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10/09/08 03:03 PM
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I WANNA BE A MANAGER


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Mark! how many manager's req. do you get every year? Is that 1-3. That's difficult to make a living for.
On the positives of being in the management-
1. You (really) know the future direction of the product, instead of hearing cooked direction.
2. You (really) know the product definition/architecture at higher level.
3. You can choose to do tech. work yourself and get the frills done by the team.
4. You get to see a percentage of product revenue. Your efforts directly translates into several-thousand dollars- not pennies :)
happy manager

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As a manager, you can't give up the hands on technical role, especially in so called high-tech company. You may not need to understand all the details, but at least when you make the important decisions of your product, you need to understand what your team members say.

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Mark, you make it seem like high tech. managers go thru unreasonable business pressure, do only people management and get only 1 penny more than most engineers. Please tell this to Art, Rajiv, Walden and Mike, If they were as wise as you are, they would be sitting in the cube and writing and testing their code.
-My 2 pennies.

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Its good to always have another perspective. And I can agree that behind every position there should be a motivation and skills to succeed in that role. To manage a bunch of engineers can be difficult and require the most skill full people management. In today's world, I feel that successful teams are built with what Peter Drucker called "knowledge workers." And to tell knowledge workers what to do or to justify demands of upper level management can be difficult.
I'd say this article is makes one realize the challenges of being a manager which I certainly see in the mid-level managers.
Thanks and best.
-sanjay

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I believe that Mark is asking to understand yourself., and then decide on what role fits you, not what someone else tells you, or what sounds "glamorous". Art, Rajiv, Walden and Mike did what they probably felt deep inside them, but not because they became "chance" managers since someone was pushing them. You need a deep seated desire and will to push yourself to achieve it, whatever goals might be. Do you dream of being the head of a successful company, or do you desire that you invent the greatest algorithm to solve the toughest problem in this world? It may seem that the society ends up measuring you based on how many people you “command”(resource allocation, layoff-list etc!), hence the (!)logical conclusion may be to move towards management.
I believe that you must look at how many lives you can improve, and then you may be regarded as a leader. Being in a management or technical side becomes irrelevant at that point. -- my 2 cents :)


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