Friday, October 10, 2008


Indian Outsourcing: The antipattern of developers turned managers...

Often, through no fault of their own, developers are required to become managers...

A good start is to realize that Managers are not likely to be good Developers and Developers are not likely to be be good Managers. For the most part our brains are wired differently. The problem is that HR departments think that people are plug compatible and that "weaknesses" can be "fixed" by training courses and a certain amount of browbeating. It is time to accept that human beings are irritatingly, annoyingly unique and you cannot force a human being into a particular slot. Instead you have to get the right person in the first place and allow them to do what they are good at. Yes, its difficult, but those companies that crack it will be the most successful.

Here are some of the ways in which management is different from development:

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