Here are a couple of resources that might be useful when transitioning from a developer role into management. I never put a plan together when I made the transition, even though I knew that management was the correct career path for me, a plan would have helped! Just visualizing progress and having more of a structured study plan can make a big difference. But, even now, as I found out, these resources are helpful for existing managers to step back and evaluate any areas that could be improved.
These resources are also be helpful if you’re unsure a management position is for you, they offer good tips to determine if the step into management is really the right one.
- First Round: This 90-day plan turns engineers into remarkable managers
This is a 90-day plan by David Loftesness, Twitter’s former Director of Engineering, that helps new managers set their priorities and assess their own performance. The plan is split into 3 stages: Own Your Education (Days 1-30), Find Your Rhythm (Days 31-60) and Assessing Yourself (Days 61-90). He starts off with the essential decision of whether management is the right choice.
- InfoQ: Climbing the Totem Pole – from Dev to Dev Manager
This presentation (58 mins) by Melissa Greene covers many areas and pitfalls of management. She helps you determine if management is for you as well as providing many tips for managing your team.