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I am now 37 as well, some years ago I changed from being a one-man team to have 11 people below me in a big project for my main customer.
I was the main plc programer, the only robot programer, had 2 newbies to be trained and 6 guys of other department working there. It was endless stress, but I would like to think I managed it to good terms. Project was done with customers' satisfaction and economical benefit for us.
The newbies learnt a lot and there was good mood between us, the guys of the e-department... well... I had to send one home, other one was sent home by the customer andI had a couple of "encounters" with their team leader (in the project he was below me as well).
I learnt a lot of things, some of them through painful experience... I would make again, but definitively only in sporadic basis and not as my main job.
Things I was told / discovered by myself...
Be as much honest as you can, but without being it too much
I mean... if you are not sure about something, say it and maybe ask for an opinion... but don't show fear on taking a decission or ask for advice. (Note the opinion vs advice)
Try to turn the decissions so that the other member think as it would be his decission.
Not the same to say "We do it this way" than to say "If we can not go that way... would you go this way?"
Be consequent and strict but fair...
If extra hours are needed, you stay always with them. If not needed anymore, you let them go home earlier. If you tell someone "No" for something, the "no" is for all... favouritism can be very dangerous in a group
The first time someoone makes a mistake is his error, the second one is your error...
Get responsability in a big mistake of other person once
Try to have a good mood environment, but don't forget you are not their "colleague" anymore and don't let them to get offlimits during worktime and try to separate as much as you can private / work.
If you all go afterwork to drink a beer, then you are one more. If someone is critical with you during dinner, just try to learn about it but don't let it interfere on the next day.
If you have to criticize someone, try to do it with a story in "I" form "from your past" (if he doesn't know you that much)
I did XXX once and the result was so bad... that...
If someone's energy/motivation is dropping, don't shout him, ask him if everything is fine out of the company.
I hope it helps you Good Luck in your new adventure.
Only one thing more... always be honest with you. If after some time you like it... don't stay. Better to earn a bit less and be happy with what you do, at the end it is almost one third of your lifetime.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
Good luck! I have no advice but hope you are good at telling people what to do. The few times in the past that I've had to manage a junior dev or intern, I've always despised the role...trying to keep them busy by finding tasks suited to their meager abilities, then spending more time showing them how to do it than it would have taken me to do it myself!
I'm sitting here, in a mediocre hotel, working after hours on a more invigorating project than the one I spend my days on, trying out the (superb!) bluetooth/FM radio/SD-card headphones that I stuck an old SD card in, and on comes Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing Sing with a swing!
Hot Bloody Damn!
I've clicked the "Down" button on the earpiece five times, already!
Music just don't get better than this!
I remember the first time I heard it. It's the only single piece of music that ever made me think "Oh, please! Its not over yet, is it?"
I'll be clicking "Down" for a while!
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Does anyone know of a genuinely qualified consulting company in the US which can come into a company and offer an unbiased, valid opinion on code, processes and employees? I'm not talking about a company intent on taking over the code, they would clearly be biased, but rather a company that can give a no-BS assessment.
All the ones you mentioned will take your money and tell you what you want to hear!
The predecessor of Accenture, Arthur Andersen & Company, had a good trick.
They would tell the client that they need a new IT Manager, put in one of their IT Consulting managers whom they know they will never promote to partner in that slot, and would milk the client for all he is worth.