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Choosing Management: A programmer at the crossroads

45937dc3314e12f628bbf6536caa92e1?s=47 Maria Gutierrez
May 12, 2014
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Choosing Management: A programmer at the crossroads

“Should I become a manager? Do I want to be a manager?” Experienced engineers are often confronted by this important decision at some point in their careers.

Your organisation believes you have the right qualities for the job, but is it really the right choice for you and your team? Now that you have the experience and the domain knowledge, is management the next, natural step in your career path? Is it the right way upwards? Is it a permanent decision?

I’ve twice faced this dilemma during my career. The first time I didn’t feel it was the right move for me, but the second time I very consciously accepted. In this talk I will cover the reasoning behind these decisions, the lessons and pitfalls that I’ve discovered transitioning from a lead engineer to an engineering management role, and what it might mean for my future.

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Maria Gutierrez

May 12, 2014
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  1. Choosing management A programmer at the crossroads @mariagutierrez

  2. Don’t you miss coding? I’m a crafter, I like to

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  8. @mariagutierrez ADOBE I-play >_ 2000 2001 2004 2008 2010 2011

  9. ✔ experienced engineer ✔ deliver reliably ✔ knowledgeable of the

    technology ✔ knowledgeable of the domain @mariagutierrez
  10. ✔ a manager leaves ✔ the team grows ✔ your

    manager’s role expands @mariagutierrez
  11. Should I become a manager? @mariagutierrez

  12. @mariagutierrez

  13. @mariagutierrez

  14. @mariagutierrez

  15. Same Values @mariagutierrez

  16. ✔ be nice ✔ be genuine ✔ commit ✔ work

    hard @mariagutierrez
  17. Should I become a manager? @mariagutierrez

  18. Am I ready for this role? @mariagutierrez

  19. Will I be able to get a job as an

    engineer again? @mariagutierrez
  20. Challenges @mariagutierrez

  21. Dilbert by Scott Adams - September 18, 2006 @mariagutierrez

  22. Dilbert by Scott Adams - September 18, 2006 @mariagutierrez Feedback

  23. Dilbert by Scott Adams - July 31, 1995 @mariagutierrez

  24. Dilbert by Scott Adams - July 31, 1995 @mariagutierrez Micromanagement

  25. Dilbert by Scott Adams - June 9, 2009 @mariagutierrez

  26. Dilbert by Scott Adams - June 9, 2009 @mariagutierrez Productivity

  27. Dilbert by Scott Adams - August 22, 2003 @mariagutierrez

  28. Dilbert by Scott Adams - August 22, 2003 @mariagutierrez Empathy

  29. My role today @mariagutierrez

  30. ✔ timely deliver great products ✔ invest in the team

    ✔ create a safe environment ✔ use company budget responsibly @mariagutierrez
  31. ✔ keep true to my values ✔ be available ✔

    be organized ✔ communicate @mariagutierrez
  32. Dilbert by Scott Adams - July 5, 1996 @mariagutierrez

  33. @mariagutierrez

  34. @mariagutierrez Justin Searls, Office Politics

  35. “Mummy, is your job making other happy faces?”- Ethan ,

    3 @mariagutierrez
  36. @mariagutierrez

  37. @mariagutierrez It sure is!