This Developer's Life 1.0.9 - Management
In this episode of This Developer's Life 1.0.9, Rob and I talk to technical folks who have moved on up to Management - and what it means to them.
- Mark Freedman shares his story about clawing his way out of a successful career as a manager at a rather large, growing company. A good job, lots of respect, and he hates it.
- Bertrand LeRoy talks about charting his own path right at Microsoft after graduating with a PhD in Physics and how he maintains a career right down in the middle of manager and coder.
- Todd Baesen talks about moving from Chemical Engineer to Nuclear Engineer on the USS Enterprise (literally), and then to senior management at a big engineering firm in the SF Bay Area.
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I encourage others to follow what fits. Even if you are good at something or enjoy it, you may not be able to sustain it.
An odd concept, that is, which seems very much necessary and appropriate.
We are definitely seen a trend of software becoming increasingly complex and I expect this trend to increase in intensity. It seems to be getting harder and harder for companies to release software without lots of bugs.
I guess MS is doing what they can to minimize them. Kudos to them.
Looking forward the the release. I'm particularly interested in the improved HTML5 support.
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I understand what Todd Baesen is saying, but IMO, a logical career path for a technical person can include consulting and training. There are several things someone who wants to remain technical can do and still NOT be limited in income.
There's definitely satisfaction in managing a successful project, but I know several people who feel that not being involved in the implementation leaves them feeling empty. As I'm sure he realizes, Todd's efforts in trying to keep a capable person from leaving management isn't always best for everyone. Just because you may be good at something, it does not mean you should be doing that job.
You only live once. Do what you know you love to do. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s your life. It’s your soul.
I'm considering expanding on this topic, and the subject of moving back to development (and the challenges of starting in this field, in general) in a new podcast series. I put together a list of points I'd love to interview folks about: