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re: What resources would you recommend to a developer who is transitioning into management? VIEW POST

re: Sounds like some unfortunate office politics. Were you promoted into that position or hired into it? How big was the development staff?

So, my story is a little different. At 51, I'm attempting to make a career change into coding. I currently work in television. I was hired into the role of head of audio for a network. I had 3 people on staff and about 20 freelancers, as is the way with broadcast.
To be honest, I don't think it matters the industry in middle management. People are people. You're going from basically the person who 'is' the product (your fingers type the code that people pay in some way to use), to managing those people. Once you're in that realm, it's all pretty much the same.
I can't emphasise enough: your peers will be your biggest challenge. Don't underestimate people's ambition, and what they'll do to get to where they want to be. You're not the only one with ambition, basically. It's not unfortunate politics, it's day to day reality. To think otherwise, perhaps is a little naive.
Do a good job, but don't beat your chest. Keep a clean desk, but have work ready to go. Keep your frustration to yourself, but support change (if it comes). Basically keep your head down and keep the machine running.
I know this is all very uncool and not very Silicon Valley, but if you heed my advice, you'll do ok. Caution with a hint of cynicism will serve you well (look at your C level leaders).

This was great, I really appreciate the detailed answer!

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