240 RR What Makes a Good Manager with Marcus Blankenship

Episode 246 · December 30th, 2015 · 1 hr 2 mins

About this Episode

02:05 - Marcus Blankenship Introduction

02:52 - Pain and Difficulties of Moving From Programming to Management

  • Identity
  • Credibility

10:50 - Image and Identity (Cont’d)

  • Expectations
  • Role Models

19:16 - Management; Making the Move to Management

  • Aikido
  • “Everybody deserves a good manager.”

23:37 - How do you know if you have a bad manager?

27:13 - Feedback; Tone of Communication

33:54 - What should you do when you get promoted to a management position?

  • Nix Production Code Tasks
    • Meet with Your People (Give Feedback)    
    • One-on-one Meetings with Team Members
    • Zero Surprises Evaluation Policy
    • Evaluation Forms
    • Goals and Incentives
    • Reviews for Self-Reflection
  • Get Your Own Feedback

48:25 - How do you know you are doing a good job?

51:06 - What if you don’t want to move into a management role?


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Ruby Remote Conf (Chuck)
Freelance Remote Conf (Chuck)
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