13 August 2005

Being a Technical Star

I was reading Johanna Rothman's series on Management Myths when I saw the one entitled "I Have to be the Technical Star." I hope most managers don't buy that one.

Management ability and technical ability are not different levels of the same skill set. A great manager does not necessary mean he or she is a great coder, and we all know that the converse definitely doesn't hold water either.

Why is moving into management seen as a "promotion"? Why can't developing as a technical guru and acquiring vast amounts of experience with different languages solving problems in different areas enough for people?

Ooops, I need to go fill out my MBA application now. After all, I've got mouths to feed, and I gotta keep working my way up.

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