How to Manage Testy Programmers

There’s tons of  training to become a developer but developers who become managers  often have little or no training. That’s a big problem.  Software people are notoriously difficult to corral.

Ron Lichty is an expert on the subject and co-authored the book, “Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams.” I spoke with him at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp conference. His number one rule for managing software teams is to connect with them and gain their respect.  This is easier said than done and always means leaving the coding behind. “If you continue to try to code, you will code and not manage,” said Lichty. It’s a common issue and a refrain we heard time and again from different presenters.

Watch the video and don’t miss the joke about the difference between introverted and extroverted programmers, it’s worth the wait.

Image: Mad Programmer [Bigstock]

Comments

  1. BY TopCoder says:

    As a Top Coder that was promoted to director, I can tell you that the best coders make amazing managers. I am already the cream of the managerial crop. The best of the best.

    Next stop is VP. I am already probably the top candidate for a promotion due to my amazing track record.

  2. BY RobS says:

    sorry…joke wasn’t worth the wait :P

  3. BY Funny Photos says:

    Quite a awesome page it made me giggle. A huge amount of enjoyment.

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