All the technical persons in your company who were involved in web application project management went on vacation and you were literally alone? Don’t worry, we live in an era that allows creating global, complex technical solutions that you can manage without a hint of technical knowledge. Creating a team of programmers who have high communication skills is one thing, but proper project management so that functionalities are delivered on time is another matter.
An IT project manager does not need to have hard technical skills. However, soft competences and substantive knowledge are important. As a manager, you are the link between users, decision makers in the company and the team, so you must be able to understand the needs of all these groups. The project manager should know the business expectations and make them translate into specific actions of programmers or testers.
The less the manager knows about programming, the less he is able to interfere with the team of programmers in their competences, the more he can focus on performing his duties, the more he has to trust them as specialists. People in a project team should have a very high level of trust. Only a lack of trust in specialists may require programming skills, but then the team’s problem lies in a completely different place than programming.
The key to creating effective teams is empowerment, which is giving power, engaging employees in important decisions for which they take responsibility. A manager who is involved in technical decisions and, worse, makes them, takes the consequences of this decision on himself, leaving the team in the comfort zone. There is a risk that the team will not protest, because it’s easier and more convenient, you don’t have to do long research and wonder if the decision is good. In this way, it is difficult to gain employee involvement and strengthen motivation in the long run, because the sense of influence is limited.
Well no. When a programmer is promoted to the role of a team leader, it is not because he is smarter than all its members (it is impossible), but rather because he has the appropriate predispositions in other necessary fields (of course I assume the perfect case here). It will bring much more value to the team and organization if it focuses on developing skills thanks to which it will support the team well, giving them the right space to act, allow mistakes and encourage learning from these mistakes, i.e. develop.
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