Monday, May 15, 2006


Traits of a Good IT Manager #1

In lots of ways, developers are like children - they play in their own world, they speak their own language and they spend their days dealing with make-believe. A good manager, much like a good parent, needs to make the dev think whatever they've just done is very clever and impressive. Even if the manager doesn't really get how it works - or even what it does.

So in other words, one of the best things a manager can do is say "That's great! Let's stick that up on the fridge!"

I think that shows real talent, Simon...

No - seriously, I agree. Everyone likes to feel like they've made a valuable contribution.

(Unless they're just fingerpainting on the TV screen. Then they should just get a smack.)
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