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June 20, 2004

Responsibility by remote control

I'm not a big stats-watcher, not least because I don't ever get big stats. However, I'm caught in a strange mixture of troubled and proud as the powerpoint of "Shit I'm A Manager" has been slowly moving up my stats summary - and today broke 200 downloads.

If I'd done it for fame (and sadly the other two talks *were* proposed to show how damn clever I was - perhaps Dave et al spotted that) I'd be running round the house going "yessssssssss-ah!".

Instead I just sit here hoping it wasn't all bollocks and that I haven't sent everyone to their various dooms.

Posted by Tom Dolan at June 20, 2004 01:15 AM

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While I'm not yet a manager, I've read some (I fully admit, not all) of your presentation. And from my somewhat bitter experience, I've decided to produce my own version called . . .

(wait for it)

"Shit, HE'S a manager???!"

Posted by: Vaughan at June 20, 2004 04:56 PM

Tom. thanks for making the powerpoint slides/blog posts available they *are* very useful. A great distillation of a lot of common sense.

One book that you don't mention is Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister. Every manager should be forced (possibly at gun point) to read it.

Anyone working in any sort of technology should also read the Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas. It's a great introduction to how technology projects should work, in particular which tools and techniques to use. Whilst managers don't need to master all of things they talk about in this book they should at least be aware of the concepts.

Posted by: Andy Todd at June 22, 2004 08:45 AM

rest easy, mate. it's spot on.

i meant to say at notcon, paraphrasing what you said yourself: you could have subtitled this "how i went from 'i'm a shit manager' to 'shit, i'm a manager' "


Posted by: Saltation at June 29, 2004 01:52 PM

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