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June 10, 2004

Who Measures Your Success? (And at what?)

Who measures your success?
(and at what?)

 Management skillsPrior skills
Your staff80%5%
Your Boss15%0%

I wanted to look at how the people above and below you think about you and the work you do. So I’ve taken a view of the intellectual effort the organisation expends on you over any decent period of time.

And it breaks down, in my experience, roughly like this:

Most of the time spent thinking about you is your staff worrying about how well you are managing them - keeping the plates spinning to maximise the value of what they’re doing.

They’re also a bit worried about your previous experience, but only because they don’t want to write code you could just tear apart. But hey, that’s good, it keeps them on their toes.

Your boss is thinking about lots of other things, but when he does think about you, the only thing he thinks about is how well you’re managing the team. He’s not interested in your coding skills at all. This is even true in hybrid management jobs where you’ve kept some day-to-day work. From the top, the management is the bit that matters.

There’s an important corollary of this…

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 10, 2004 04:34 PM

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