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Accidentally Manager – A Survival Guide for First-Time Engineering Managers

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This session is about your career perspective as an engineer, especially when the path may take an “unexpected” turn from technical lead to first-time engineering manager.

We will explore the differences between managing and leading, review different management styles, and discuss their impact on both the manager and the team member. Finally, we will find out why you do not want to treat everyone equally. I will share my personal experiences going from being one of the team to actually managing it: the pitfalls of suddenly being responsible for the team, typical problems surfacing, and how to avoid common mistakes. As part of the session,

I would also like to share thoughts and considerations about which career path could be the right one for whom, and what the advantages and disadvantages are going one way or the other.

This is not a “You get it all from the expert”- session, but a session to share experiences and discuss how this fits to your career path.

Note: Moving forwards this presentation will be updated with the latest version of the slides for the last event I did the presentation instead of creating new separate slide decks here on SlideShare.

Presentation dates and locations:
2015-10-03 Silicon Valley Code Camp, San Jose, CA
2015-06-27 SoCal Code Camp - San Diego, CA
2014-11-14 SoCal Code Camp - Los Angeles, CA
2014-10-18 Desert Code Camp - Chandler, AZ
2014-10-11 Silicon Valley Code Camp, Los Altos Hills, CA

Published in: Technology

Accidentally Manager – A Survival Guide for First-Time Engineering Managers

  1. 1. Accidentally Manager Evergreen Valley College, Oct. 03rd, 2015 A Survival Guide for First-Time Engineering Managers
  2. 2. This presentation reflects only my personal opinions and is NOT sponsored or else related to my current employer. Just my own thoughts or the ones of referenced others.  2
  3. 3. 3 Code Camp Code Camp
  4. 4. Your feedback is important! http://speakerrate.com/speakers/18667-theo-jungeblut
  5. 5. Where to get the Slides http://www.slideshare.net/theojungeblut
  6. 6. Overview • You and me – My Professional Journey – How about you? • Manager or Engineer? • Management Styles • Leader vs Manager • Things to deal with • Traps to avoid • Summary
  7. 7. Why are we here? 7
  8. 8. To talk about Me  8
  9. 9. I always wanted to be an Engineer 9
  10. 10. 10 http://i.ytimg.com/vi/q4DI-AILh8U/maxresdefault.jpg
  11. 11. 11 http://www.righthandsynergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Empleo-Vacante-Tijuana-Embedded-Software-Engineer.jpg
  12. 12. Being the Architect 12 http://matrix.wikia.com/wiki/The_Architect?file=Architect.png
  13. 13. 13 http://www.opfro.org/Components/Producers/Roles/SoftwareArchitect.gif
  14. 14. Betheguywith answersanddirections 14 https://www.sunfrogshirts.com/Funny/Keep-Calm-Let-The- Software-Architect-Handle-It-vm81.html
  15. 15. What am I today? 15
  16. 16. Manager 16 ttp://www.eylean.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/project-manager-multitasking.jpg
  17. 17. How did I end up becoming a manager? 17
  18. 18. Career Paths 18 https://www.rajiv.com/blog/2011/06/11/product-engineering-career/
  19. 19. Theo Jungeblut • Director Customer Success at AppDynamics in San Francisco • Coder & software craftsman by night, first time dad and house builder • Architects decoupled solutions & crafts maintainable code to last • Worked in healthcare and factory automation, building mission critical applications, framework & platforms • Degree in Software Engineering and Network Communications • Enjoys cycling, running and eating theo@designitright.net www.designitright.net
  20. 20. Okay, Okay it is really about you! 20
  21. 21. Survey Time Manager Engineer Architect 21
  22. 22. Who is considering becoming a manager?
  23. 23. How about staying an engineer? 23
  24. 24. Who became “accidentally” Manager? 24
  25. 25. Engineer vs. Manager 25 http://www.slideshare.net/pawelbrodzinski/good- manager-true-leader
  26. 26. Engineer Pros & Cons Pros • Playing with technology is fun • Creating something • More engineer jobs (in an organization) Cons • Technology changes faster (and faster) • Less high level engineer position • Harder to get job with age 26
  27. 27. Manager Pros & Cons Pros • Process change slower than technology • More career opportunities (in age) • Possible higher salary Cons • People work & solve people problems • More politics • Higher personal responsibilities 27
  28. 28. You are a manager, what now? 28
  29. 29. Don’t change anything… yet 29http://joplin-mohomesforsale.com/image_store/uploads/9/8/6/3/7/ar127856442073689.png
  30. 30. Listen & Understand… first 30 http://blog.converseon.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Blog-Listen_First.png
  31. 31. Management Styles • Autocratic • Persuasive • Consultative • Management by Walking Around (MBWA) • Laissez-faire / Delegative • Democratic / Participative • Chaotic 31
  32. 32. Autocratic 32 http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Hut-m7ip-- /c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/19d8sm6pcxxwfjpg.jpg
  33. 33. Persuasive 33 http://www.consultventuretech.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/fotolia_5557970_xs.jpg
  34. 34. Management by Walking Around (MBWA) 34 http://www.mattmacdonald.ca/blog/2011/4/29/management-by-walking-around-mbwa.html
  35. 35. Laissez-faire / Delegative 35http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/a438.jpg
  36. 36. Democratic (Participative) 36 http://www.buzzle.com/articles/participative-leadership-style.html
  37. 37. Chaotic 37 http://blog.commlabindia.com/wp- content/uploads/2010/09/management-styles.jpg
  38. 38. None fits All! 38
  39. 39. Situational Leadership 39 http://teachthem.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/situational- leadership-model.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situational_leadership_theory
  40. 40. Manager vs Leader 40
  41. 41. 41 http://bhayanibracewell.co.uk/latest-news/leader-or-manager-the-gap-is-getting-greater
  42. 42. 42 http://usscospeaks.com/leaders-vs-managers-whats-the-difference/
  43. 43. The (right) Role/Skills Match 43 http://www.techzavia.com/leaders-and-managers-job-role-vs-traits/#.VDBzLulw7zZ
  44. 44. Being a (First-Level) Manager • Find a mentor and discuss with same level peers • “Part of Management” or “part of the team “ • Cannot share everything with team • Limited influence on decisions • Needs to enforce decision made higher up you may not agree on and sell it to the team • Find a way to master the email epidemic • Learn to better prioritize 44
  45. 45. Managing is like Parenting 45 http://amplifiedlifenetwork.com/2013/07/managing-is-like-parenting/
  46. 46. Understand the needs of your team 46 Maslow's hierarchy of needs (1943/1954) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs
  47. 47. Treat everyone the same 47
  48. 48. 48 http://www.accioneast.org/blog/
  49. 49. Fairly does NOT mean the Same 49 http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2014/02/treating- employees-fairly-not-the-same.html?page=all
  50. 50. Not Everyone is the Same • Everyone is different, has different needs and reacts differently • Understands the needs of each team member and how they tick • Find out what works best for them • Be consistent, allow you you team to understand how you tick 50 http://www.newsroomtuneup.com/2014/01/09/shattering-the-myth-you-dont-treat-all- employees-the-same/
  51. 51. Junior vs Senior • Junior team members needs stronger guidelines and mentoring • Senior team members do NOT appreciated micro management 51
  52. 52. The Peer Issue 52 http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-make-the-transition-easier-after-a-promotion-1505294929
  53. 53. Why You? Why not Me? 53 http://ffbmco.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/slide_ask_why_not_me.jpg
  54. 54. The Politician(s) 54© Gage Skidmore - https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/5440002785
  55. 55. Company Politics "Office politics" are the strategies that people play to gain advantage, personally or for a cause they support. • BE AWARE YOU HAVE A CHOICE • KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE • FOCUS ON YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE • DON’T TAKE SIDES • DON’T GET PERSONAL • SEEK TO UNDERSTAND, BEFORE BEING UNDERSTOOD • THINK WIN-WIN 55http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/7-habits-to-win-in-office-politics.html https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_85.htm
  56. 56. The HR Trap 56 http://www.shiftconsultants.com/wp- content/uploads/2014/08/Interviewing-Skills-Training.png
  57. 57. The HR Trap • As a manager you may cannot keep something confidential for legal reason • Responsibilities can extend beyond work time and work events 57
  58. 58. Recommended Books 58 Moretocome…
  59. 59. Summary • There is not a path, it depends • Keep the door open, in case your took the wrong turn • Managing is troubleshooting and problem solving of process, interpersonal, project and organizational issues • Leading and managing have their place • Empower your team rather than micro manage • Enjoy what you do and be passionate about it
  60. 60. Downloads, Feedback & Comments: Q & A Graphic by Nathan Sawaya courtesy of brickartist.com theo@designitright.net www.designitright.net http://speakerrate.com/speakers/ 18667-theo-jungeblut
  61. 61. References… http://www.roughnotes.com/rnmagazine/2008/september08/09p230.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Management_styles Engineer vs Manager http://www.slideshare.net/asadykhan/the-qualities-of-a-good-manager Manager vs Leader http://usscospeaks.com/leaders-vs-managers-whats-the-difference/ http://www.techzavia.com/leaders-and-managers-job-role-vs-traits/#.VDBySulw7zZ http://www.techzavia.com/10-helpful-articles-on-leadership-andmanagement-styles/#.VDBz8ulw7zY http://www.roughnotes.com/rnmagazine/2008/september08/09p230.htm http://www.newsroomtuneup.com/2014/01/09/shattering-the-myth-you-dont-treat-all-employees-the- same/ http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2014/02/treating-employees-fairly- not-the-same.html?page=all http://www.mattmacdonald.ca/blog/2011/4/29/management-by-walking-around-mbwa.html Books http://www.amazon.com/Ahead-Curve-Applied-Strategic- Thinking/dp/0972462732/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1412456482&sr=8- 4&keywords=ahead+of+the+curve http://www.rpi.edu/dept/advising/free_enterprise/business_structures/management_styles.htm
  62. 62. Time to say Thank You! The Organizers Evergreen Valley College (team) The volunteers (how about you?) TheSponsors Picturesfromhttp://blog.siliconvalley-codecamp.com
  63. 63. Blog, Rating, Slides http://www.DesignItRight.net http://speakerrate.com/speake rs/18667-theo-jungeblut www.slideshare.net/theojungeblut
  64. 64. … thanks for you attention! And visit and support the www.siliconvalley-codecamp.com Please fill out the feedback, and… www.speakerrate.com/theoj

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