Tag Archives: career blues

Program Manager Technique: Be “Doorvaasa” for Better Command

In most structures I have seen, program manager role does not have direct reports. Nor he is expected to be technical/domain person. He ends up passing data back and forth and making status reports. When things go wrong he is answerable. From the perspective of ‘check list for the job design’, the balance of authority… Read More »

Career Stagnation? 8 Magical Parameters to Prove You Wrong

Most people I have met has one worry on top of their mind. It is – career growth. All the time we see people  tense about career growth. In middle management it is the worst. If you talk to almost anyone, volcano of not having career growth erupts. After enjoyable challenges of early career, the… Read More »

Harvard Is Wrong About Performance Appraisal. And, You Don’t Care ?

I stumbled upon an article in Harvard Business Review about appraisal – “Let’s Abolish Self Appraisal”. Totally shocked to read it. The gist is –  Managers know the best. Since they know what rating to give, there is no need for self appraisal. Just pronounce the rating and close the meeting. In self appraisal, employees make false… Read More »

Growth in Business: How to Reduce Stress? Structure it Better

Your organization is into few businesses. You already have set of competencies. Now suddenly the organization needs to expand into new paradigms involving very different processes and skills. Data analytics in company which had been only a low end IT service provider. Hardware competency in software company. Software skills in manufacturing SME with no prior… Read More »

Potential Next Move-Where Do You Fit? 5 Things to Do Even if You Are A Loyal Employee

Spent 10 years in one company. Had great moments together. Became expert in the domain. Also you have grown to managerial role. What If Your Company Does Not Need You? Floated Resume. But got no responses. what is wrong? For the open roles outside, you are a wrong fit. Every company’s structure is different and… 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 »

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 »