The real job of a manager: managing the work with focus
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This week: The real job of a manager: Managing the work with focus, Developing a product vision, Design the team you need to succeed, A meritocracy is a trailing indicator
Said Ketchman, Engineering Manager at The New York Times, outlines the three essential steps to better manage the projects and work you’re responsible for — and offers a path to being a more effective manager.
“Product vision is a lot like great parenting. Everyone talks about it, says you must absolutely do it well, but when pushed — no one knows exactly how to go about it.” Ricardo Clérigo, VP of Product at Flyt, serves up the ‘how’ by breaking down their entire process.
In her three part series outlining a model that helps teams succeed, Christina Wodtke says “There are many kinds of teams, and you should decide what kind you need first.” Here are the different types — by stage, structure, and norms.
Michael Lopp, (better known as Rands / VPE at Slack) shares an insightful take on an (unfortunately common) approach to defining leadership in organizations.
Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.
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