Hanselminutes on 9 - Follow up, 6 months later, On Managing People with Chris Sells
You might watch that short video from August of 2009 first, if you haven't seen it, before you watch this follow up.
I've led teams of developers on projects, but never done the whole HR thing in a large hierarchy. When I was Chief Architect at Corillian (about 450 people) I reported to the CTO but the VP of Engineering handled the human resources aspects of management and I focused on technology and strategy.
Chris leads a team at Microsoft and seems to get a lot done, so I figured it'd be a good idea. Check out our FIRST video interview from the August 2009 lunch here, then watch this FOLLOWUP Lunch from yesterday (about six months after the first) where I at first admit defeat, then go back into being in denial, then I leave to redouble my efforts. Enjoy the Wisdom of Chris Sells as he attempts to set me straight.
"Developers at Microsoft write code. Program Managers at Microsoft delete email.*"
Part 2 - Follow up with Chris Sells on Managing People - January 2010
Part 1 - Chris Sells on Managing People - August 2009
* Joke. We also move email into folders and schedule meetings.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
I just realised that I wasn't getting these because it wasn't directly obvious that they weren’t included because the name is so similar.
I am a horrible people person, and what your video spoke about was right on. People kept telling me what they were doing that was not work related (i will be out tomorrow, long lunch, my kid's recital is starting early etc), and i kept yelling in my head "I dont give a F----", and I was easily frustrated with people constantly coming to me with their personal problems. The emails were just out of control, where it became instant messaging to some people.
Being a project manager is like working a full time job at home where you have to watch your five kids(who are super active) at the same time. You have to balance meeting their needs with your own work.
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