Category Archives: Middle Management Roles

Lead Architect: Clarity of Technical Roles (Or Lack of It)

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The Lead Architect in this company is a rather new role. The person who is playing the role had made valuable contributions in the past in some of the products. He is very good in technology and also has deep understanding of the products. He is well networked with technical community. In the past he… Read More »

Program Manager: Delivery Responsibility of the Program

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

After getting assigned as program manager by director, program manager quickly starts his work. His job is complex: Nobody reports to him. He needs to get the delivery done from members named by EMs. He may not have the right technical background to fully understand what technical members. But, Has good past experience of successes and… Read More »

Engineering Manager: The Job of Line Management

This entry is part 9 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

After Engineering Director tasked them, the engineering managers swing into action. Consideration for the team formation: EMs know that individuals can not be perfect. But a near-perfect team can be formed considering the individual strengths, improvement areas, skills, career stage etc. The tech leaders and members need to be assigned to the project. In early… Read More »

PMO Practice Head: Driving Delivery Of All Projects

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

Program Management As the sales grew, the need for integrated solutions increased. This increased the number of projects involving multiple groups. Also for product within the same group, the influence and dependency of open source increased. So the need for synchronizing releases increased. Also the external partners increased. So did the outsourcing. All these increased… Read More »

Engineering Director: Accountability for R&D Management

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The project is funded, thanks to the dynamic product manager. It is about to be started.  Engineering director has to be accountable for the delivery of the solution. He is contemplating how to structure the responsibility for this project. He is leading a large portfolio. There are five engineering managers under him. First group works… Read More »

Marketing Director: Marketing Strategy For The Portfolio

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

Marketing Director: What Is He Up To ? The Portfolio As marketing director, he takes care of video software products and services portfolio. In the video products portfolio, OVES will be the first cloud based service. Apart from this, he is responsible for marketing of video related tools and online services. The customers include both… Read More »

Product Marketing Manager: The Job of Showing The Money

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

One of the key jobs of the product manager is to make the business case. She is passionate about a new service OVES. She has put in lot of effort to understand similar services, upcoming ones in market, think of differentiating features, estimating revenue potential and so on. For the project, she is going to do… Read More »

The project OVES

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

Let us talk about the project OVES being executed in ‘Polar Light’ stated in this post. There is browser based video editor. If you access your account in polar lights site, you will get to the editor. And you can install tools on your laptop if you want. Hidden in this process is the cloud… Read More »

Org Structure Casestudy: A Technology Company

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The organization chart: This is an imaginary company – PolarLight Inc. The company is into video based products and services. It has many products and services. It has many sets of products. The products are sold as individual products. They are also sold as group of multiple products together as solutions. The org chart shows:… Read More »

Middle Management Roles: The Intended Audience

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

As I mentioned this is to bring clarity to the life of middle management professional under any title. There are many issues faced only at middle management level. There are many universal issues across geographies and industries. There are issues specific to industry, career stage and geography. I hope to trigger thoughts and get insights from:… Read More »

Middle Management Roles: Described Like Never Before

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

What is the job description of a software engineer? Software development. How much does it vary with the company? Very little. How about the job of a CEO? How much does it vary with the company? Very little. How about middle management? It is lot more complex: Many different titles and job descriptions. Different job descriptions for… Read More »

Enter The Structure

What fascinates me about the organizations most is the structure. The formal one and the informal one too. Work environment depends on the structure and how organization treats it. Your mental peace, that of your family, work culture, innovation, execution and many more are contingent on this. Many of us do not work upto their… Read More »