Wisdom from Engineering Managers

As I continue figuring out the work to manage engineers, I’ve asked other, more experienced and better managers to give me whatever advice and commentary they have on a job that’s both less discussed and less defined.

Here is what they said:

Quite a list, huh?

One thing that I’m trying to get used to is the sheer amount of work management entails. Whereas (good) code will happily run on its own when I go home for the evening, communication is 24-hours a day, and necessarily tailored to the situation and people involved. Not only that, the volume, if left unchecked and unbounded, consumes nights and weekends and vacations indiscriminately.

When everything falls in place and my team just executes, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world.