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What advice would you give to a new manager of developers?

Arswaw
Web programmer, Gamer, JavaScript and Star Trek fanboy. Perpetual WoW Noob for 12 years.
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On Monday, I will be starting my first lead programmer job. I'm pretty excited for it.

My question is, what advice can you give to someone in my position?

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Stephan Galea • Edited

Listen to their needs. Put standards into place, work smart not hard. Take care of impediments asap. Don't betray them just to look good with your superiors. Protect them from stupidities. No one wants to maintain legacy code whole day, every day. It's easy to know, wear their shoes and see what would you want. Don't be a seagull manager, they will hate you for it. Technical debt is real, don't encourage it. Deal with things don't let them fester. Make them review each others code if time permits. I can go on forever...

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Arswaw Author

Thank you.

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Arswaw Author

What's a seagull manager?

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Stephan Galea • Edited

A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seagull_ma...

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Arswaw Author

I should have probably Googled that.

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Prateek Thapa

Treat them like a human, not just a resource. Shelter them from bureaucracy. Criticize them privately, praise them publicly.

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Pranjal

I am not a lead but I can suggest you to treat your team members the way you wanted to be treated when you were a part of someone else's team.