Moving From Tech to Management?

A very common question that I see asked is: Should I make the transition from technical to management? Let’s talk about this.  Why are you even asking the question?  The answer is probably because you’re looking for a raise, or for career growth, and your company/peers/mentors/society is telling you that making this transition is the […]

Are Mission Statements Useful?

I think they are, when used properly. Many companies and organizations have wonderfully generic and blank mission statements.  “We synergize technologies to provide innovative solutions!”  Well, great.  So does everyone else.  But what do YOU do? A useful, good mission statement has to start at the top, and should be the driving strategic goal of […]

How Involved to Be as a Manager

I realized after this last blog post I had more I wanted to say, mostly to clarify some points. In that last post, I discussed the differing management approaches of more strict project and task tracking (Type A), as opposed to a laissez faire approach where staff is communicated strategic goals and then given free […]

Measuring Productivity of Engineers

I know a lot of people like to tout Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) as the future, and have all these success stories.  For those of you not in the know, ROWE is where there are no office hours or expectations of a 40-hour work week.  Instead employees are given goals to meet and as […]

Zen and the Art of…Programming?

I distinctly remember a few years ago reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I recall that at about halfway through there’s a discussion on Quality. Specifically, the speaker asserts that Quality itself is not truly definable, and Quality is the breakpoint between rationality and…whatever the opposite of rationality is. One interesting thought experiment […]