Crash Course in Tech Management

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B302/303

Excerpt

Managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).

Description

‘Programmer’ and ‘Manager’ are two different titles for a reason: they’re two different jobs and skill sets. If you have managerial aspirations (or have had them foisted upon you), come to this session to learn some of the tricks of the managerial trade.

“Wow, are you ever a great programmer! You’re such a great programmer that we’re going to make you a manager!”

A promotion! Calloo! Callay! Except…

The truth of the matter is that being a good programmer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a good manager. You’re about to have a lot of new responsibilities thrown at you. Are you ready?

Thankfully for you managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).

Some of the topics which we’ll cover:

  • Staff: Hiring, firing and development
  • Meetings: Love ‘em (or leave ‘em…which is a valid option)
  • Company politics: Are you backing the right horse? Are you even in the race?
  • GSD: How to Get Sh*t Done
  • Communication: The most important part of the job
  • The fun stuff: “So, will I still be able to program?”

Tags

management, project management, productivity

Speaking experience

I've spoken at OSBridge three of the past five years (and attended four). I've also spoken at OSCON, regularly address SF Perl Mongers (of which I'm the organizer), and frequently address audiences for my consulting clients.

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