I can finally admit it: I was terrified! About three years ago my boss offered me the position of Android Development Manager. There was a flurry of thoughts that ran through my mind:
- Am I ready for this?
- Will my peers respect me as their boss?
- I’m not good with other people’s “personal” problems
- I love programming, I don’t want to lose my skills
You get the picture. Despite those thoughts, I reluctantly accepted the offer and within weeks, I quit. I wasn’t ready to be a “manager.” I went back to an individual contributor role and things were “normal” again. At least for a while…
Fast forward to today, I’m the Software Group Lead (Engineering Manager) at my company. I love my new role and the challenges that it brings. Each day is different from the next. You may be wondering, what happened to change my mind? Well, to be honest, it was a gradual process. There was no lightbulb moment, no ah-ha, just small adjustments in my thinking.
If you’re a Tech Lead and you’re wondering: Is management for me? What’s the difference between the two roles? How do I even move into management? I hope this helps.Continue Reading