A Crash Course in Tech Management

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Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B202/203

Excerpt

'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.

Description

“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?”

Speaking experience

Last year I gave two talks at OSBridge:
* http://opensourcebridge.org/sessions/682
* http://opensourcebridge.org/sessions/691

Budgets don't typically enable me to speak at too many conferences, so the list is small but steadily growing.

I've not given this talk before but I have also submitted it to OSCON and YAPC::NA. It was not accepted for YAPC::NA. OSCON has not yet selected its 2012 sessions.

Speaker

  • Geek

    VM Brasseur

    shoeless consulting

    Biography

    VM is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products and p^Hbusinesses. In her almost 15 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager and director of software engineering. Currently she is splitting her time between shoeless consulting—a tech recruiting and management consulting firm—and writing a book translating business concepts into geek speak.

    VM blogs at {a=>h} and tweets at @vmbrasseur.

    Sessions

      • Title: How We Went Remote
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Hiring remote workers is great for filling those holes on the team…but if you don’t have the correct infrastructure in place you’re just setting yourself—and your remote team members—up for a world of hurt. This session will detail how our engineering department went remote and thrived because of it.

      • Speakers: VM Brasseur
      • Title: A Crash Course in Tech Management
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        ‘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.

      • Speakers: VM Brasseur