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What I wish I knew before becoming a manager in tech

Vojtěch Vondra
November 28, 2019

What I wish I knew before becoming a manager in tech

Talk from productboard's Engineering Leadership meetup https://www.facebook.com/events/512347085981164 held on 28th November 2019

Vojtěch Vondra

November 28, 2019

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  1. What I wish I knew before becoming a manager in

    tech Vojtěch Vondra @vvondra
  2. • “Managing people can’t be that hard.” • “My boss

    has no idea what they’re doing.” • “If they let me, I could do a better job than them.” • “Managers are useless, we’d be so much faster without them” Me, some years ago, as an engineer
  3. Expectation time skill Bam! Became an Engineering Manager

  4. Reality time skill Perhaps Senior Engineer, but Junior Manager

  5. None
  6. in other words: I still don’t fully understand what the

    role is about
  7. Relying on past accomplishments and technical authority within your current

  8. ...won’t really work if you switch jobs.

  9. Your past engineering skills are a great crutch to start...

    ...but very quickly start working on dropping them.
  10. Old hard skills not as useful anymore

  11. None
  12. Learning as a developer Source

  13. Learning as a manager Radical Candor

  14. Learning as a manager

  15. None
  16. Understand your company’s and your role’s setup 100% Coding 100%

    People/Org Mgmt
  17. Understand your own motivation

  18. Humble up ASAP and study management as a hard-skill For

    a long time, I dismissed resources I could learn from as too vague and general I could also appreciate some books and trainings only after having past experience I could relate to
  19. None
  20. Don’t try to figure it out alone Mentoring Coaching Discussion

    groups all have great ROI
  21. Let’s work together on becoming better managers! Thanks! Questions?