Learning to Lead with Technical Manager Training

By Jessica Mitsch ● April 02, 2021
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Tech­ni­cal man­ag­er train­ing is valu­able for help­ing skilled employ­ees advance their career, build­ing a foun­da­tion for effec­tive lead­er­ship meth­ods that can empow­er man­agers to guide growth in others.
A tech­ni­cal man­ag­er often receives a pro­mo­tion to man­ag­er because of demon­strat­ed achieve­ments in indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions across tasks such as devel­op­ing code, review­ing code, per­form­ing tech­ni­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion, and more. Once you become a man­ag­er, you are expect­ed to deliv­er great results through the indi­vid­ual con­trib­u­tors you man­age while also keep­ing your team’s pro­ce­dures and progress in check and stake­hold­ers informed. As a tech­ni­cal man­ag­er, you may also still con­tribute indi­vid­u­al­ly on top of man­age­ment work, but it is your main respon­si­bil­i­ty to sup­port your team by assign­ing tasks and mon­i­tor­ing progress, com­mu­ni­cat­ing proac­tive­ly and trans­par­ent­ly. It can be dif­fi­cult to tran­si­tion out of a posi­tion where you are in con­trol of the work you con­tribute, so tech­ni­cal man­ag­er train­ing can help you under­stand your role in the team and enable you to con­tin­ue to grow while also help­ing oth­ers grow. 

Tech­ni­cal man­agers must fre­quent­ly deal with ambi­gu­i­ty, work­ing around unex­pect­ed changes with agili­ty. Tar­get set­ting should be real­is­tic and with account­abil­i­ty checks inte­grat­ed to keep the team on track. How­ev­er, it is impor­tant to also help your team feel com­fort­able with unex­pect­ed changes or prob­lems, and they should feel safe com­ing to you with ideas, ques­tions, and issues. 

Build­ing a Foun­da­tion for Growth

One chal­lenge of being a tech­ni­cal man­ag­er is build­ing a foun­da­tion for your team to grow and feel com­fort­able shar­ing opin­ions. A good tech­ni­cal man­ag­er must be will­ing to make an effort to build a col­lab­o­ra­tive envi­ron­ment for their team. This can be achieved by tak­ing time to con­sid­er the var­i­ous work­ing styles of all team mem­bers, as well as under­stand­ing what fac­tors are most moti­vat­ing for each indi­vid­ual con­trib­u­tor. Addi­tion­al­ly, you should reflect on your per­son­al capac­i­ty to be open-mind­ed and agree­able. A man­ag­er can some­times slow progress on a tech­ni­cal team if the team mem­bers are too reliant on the manager’s per­spec­tive and approval, which can sti­fle indi­vid­ual and team growth. Fre­quent com­mu­ni­ca­tion can help build vital trust with­in your team, help­ing you to feel more com­fort­able enabling team mem­bers to demon­strate their tech­ni­cal skills and allow their voic­es to be heard.

Effec­tive Communication

Anoth­er chal­lenge that is espe­cial­ly preva­lent in the role of a tech­ni­cal man­ag­er is the need to effec­tive­ly com­mu­ni­cate tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion. You will be fre­quent­ly updat­ing busi­ness stake­hold­ers on tasks, projects, and progress, but these stake­hold­ers may not have as deep of a tech­ni­cal back­ground or foun­da­tion­al under­stand­ing of the work your team per­forms. You will need to trans­late jar­gon into key points and share the rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion using plain lan­guage. Empa­thy is also impor­tant for man­agers to under­stand the per­spec­tives of busi­ness-user stake­hold­ers. Feed­back and patience are key fac­tors in clar­i­fy­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ensur­ing that every­one is on the same page and work­ing toward the same goals.

You may feel that you have less time to con­tin­ue your own skills train­ing as your man­ag­ing tasks take pri­or­i­ty. Momen­tum offers tech­ni­cal man­ag­er train­ing to help you find your strengths as a man­ag­er, give you tools to under­stand how to nav­i­gate chal­lenges and con­flict and improve team moti­va­tion. See how we can help you advance your career.

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