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Crash Course in Tech Management

VM Brasseur (Juniper Networks)
Business | Community
Portland 255
Average rating: ****.
(4.28, 18 ratings)

“Wow, are you ever a great programmer! You’re such a great programmer that we’re going to make you a manager!” A promotion! Calloo! Callay! Except…the truth of the matter is that being a good programmer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a good manager. You’re about to have a lot of new responsibilities thrown at you. Are you ready?

Thankfully for you managing is a skill which you can master just as you did programming. This session will introduce you to many of the skills and resources you’ll need to become a successful tech manager (and keep your team from wanting to string you up).

Some of the topics which we’ll cover:

  • Staff: Hiring, firing and development
  • Meetings: Love ‘em (or leave ‘em…which is a valid option)
  • Company politics: Are you backing the right horse? Are you even in the race?
  • GSD: How to Get Sh*t Done
  • Communication: The most important part of the job
  • The fun stuff: “So, will I still be able to program?”
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VM Brasseur

Juniper Networks

VM is a manager of technical people, projects, processes, products and p^Hbusinesses. In her over 15 years in the tech industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager and director of software engineering. Currently she is splitting her time between shoeless consulting, a tech recruiting and management consulting firm, and writing a book translating business concepts into geek speak.

VM blogs at “{a=>h}”: and tweets at @vmbrasseur.

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VM Brasseur
07/29/2014 12:27pm PDT

Nota Bene: That is NOT a high quality video (or even more than barely passable). I encourage you to seek out the O’Reilly video once it becomes available.

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VM Brasseur
07/29/2014 12:25pm PDT

I filmed my session. That video AND the slides (including all speaker’s notes) are now available on Internet Archive: