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Exploding Management Myths


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I've been writing management myths for the last 18 months. Here are some of my favorites: 100% utilization, promote the best technical person into management, no time for training, "work smarter," the myth of the expert, objective ranking systems work and are objective and several more.

I told stories with each of these myths.

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Exploding Management Myths

  1. 1. Exploding Management MythsJohanna RothmanNew: Hiring GeeksThat
  2. 2. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Utilize Everyone All theTime”A mind is a terrible thing towasteContext switching wastespeople, preventsinnovation, and makeseverything take longer2
  3. 3. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Promote the BestTechnical PersonInto Management”3Management work isdifferent from technicalworkManagers work outside theteamManagers needinterpersonal skills
  4. 4. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“We Have NOTime ForTraining”4We are too busy runninglike hamsters, making do“If you train people, theywill leave”If you don’t train them, theymight stay
  5. 5. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Work Smarter”Who wants to workdumber?Exhortations don’t workManagement has to createthe environment in whichteams can “work smarter”5
  6. 6. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“I Need an Expert forThis...”Project dependenciescreate bottlenecksNever let experts workalone6
  7. 7. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“I KnowWhat Everyone is Doing”One-on-ones are for morethan just status reportsBuild trust and a workingrelationship7
  8. 8. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“An Objective Ranking SystemWorks”What’s objective about it?Software is a team sportand we rank people againsteach other? In a zero-sumgame?8
  9. 9. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Time Spent atWork is a UsefulMeasure of Work”Who here has had gooddays and bad days at work?The only measure isfeatures complete9
  10. 10. © 2013 Johanna Rothman“I Know How Long theWork ShouldTake...”Conceptually easy tounderstand is not the same aseasy to completeRelated to Dunning-Krugereffect: People think they aremore competent than they areWanting to have the work takeless time does not make it so10
  11. 11. © 2013 Johanna Rothman11What’s your favorite managementmyth?
  12. 12. © 2013 Johanna RothmanYou Can Help Me12Would you like a bookabout these myths?What would a great titlebe?
  13. 13. © 2013 Johanna RothmanLet’s Stay InTouch...I’ve been writing the myths, one a month on Stickyminds,and then posting afterwards on my site,www.jrothman.comPragmatic Manager: link with me on LinkedIn13