Why is Your Org Chart Important?

If you want your company to be agile, then your organizational chart is critically important to your ability to execute. (This is assuming you believe in Boyd’s Law: “Speed of iteration beats quality of iteration”.) But why does the Org Chart matter?  What does that have to do with an organization’s agility? Let’s start with […]

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 […]

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 […]