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Richard Erlacher
03/17/06 00:08
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Denver, Co
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#112359 - I don't entirely agree or disagree ...
Responding to: Andy Peters's previous message
It is possible to put a schedule on R&D. I've been doing it all my life. The schedule gets bent, or even broken from time to time, but, if the mgr can ask his questions and not argue with the answers, he'll get good schedules more often than if he sits by my desk and argues until I tell him we can turn out a newly designed processor and support circuits by Monday next.

I don't do that, BTW, I just resign.

As for personality types in management, I believe engineers don't generally fit as well as they themselves believe. The manager's job is to tell folks what he wants, and then see to it that that's what he gets. It's all in how he sets forth the specification, though. Engineers often do the specsmanship thing pretty well, but they're notorious micromanagers.

A decent manager will define a task, ask for feedback on the reasonableness of his schedule estimates, and set milestones to ensure that the schedule is being met. He'll also check to see whether it's slipping or even out of control. He generally won't tell his people how to do what they're doing.

His other role, however, is to keep the finances in order, and that means controlling overtime, if he has to pay for it, and even if he doesn't, because lots of OT means errors in judgment were made in estimating the task size or difficulty. That may have other effects, too. It can also indicate a mismatch between tasks and staff. Maybe more staff is needed, or maybe people have been assigned the wrong tasks.

He also has to keep the company from getting in the way. If they cut his budget to facilitate funding a proposal for another piece of work, well, they've got to get the money from somewhere, but he has to defend his turf, his team, and his budget. Usually, just suggesting schedule slips will help.

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TopicAuthorDate
Fresh graduates Job interview      Mahmood Elnasser      03/14/06 14:27      
   well....      Jez Smith      03/14/06 14:31      
      Experience      Ian Bell      03/14/06 14:42      
         Another approach      Mahmood Elnasser      03/14/06 14:48      
            watch the fora      Erik Malund      03/14/06 14:55      
               another case      Mahmood Elnasser      03/14/06 15:02      
         I'm not sure this is bulletproof ...      Richard Erlacher      03/14/06 17:37      
            exactly      Jez Smith      03/15/06 08:42      
   Grades      Ian Bell      03/14/06 14:34      
      thats not the case at all      Jez Smith      03/14/06 14:37      
         you are right      Mahmood Elnasser      03/14/06 14:43      
      Not really      Mahmood Elnasser      03/14/06 14:40      
         The answer is      Jez Smith      03/14/06 14:45      
            qualifications      Ian Bell      03/14/06 16:31      
               Natural Selection?      Andy Neil      03/14/06 17:42      
                  And the sad thing is that after they hav      Erik Malund      03/15/06 06:41      
   candidates for what job?      Neil Kurzman      03/14/06 20:08      
      Well ... back when I was a student ...      Richard Erlacher      03/14/06 22:37      
      Wide range of Jobs      Mahmood Elnasser      03/15/06 11:58      
         generalists      Steve M. Taylor      03/15/06 16:00      
            People Shapes      Ian Bell      03/15/06 16:26      
         There are problems      Richard Erlacher      03/15/06 22:35      
            Not university fault      Mahmood Elnasser      03/16/06 00:42      
               most universitys      Jez Smith      03/16/06 01:08      
               Very true mr Richard      Saif Ullah Khalid      03/16/06 01:22      
               I'm not sure that's true.        Richard Erlacher      03/16/06 09:00      
                  Thats life      Mahmood Elnasser      03/16/06 09:21      
                     Bosses don't      Jeff Post      03/16/06 14:46      
                        Consent      Ian Bell      03/16/06 15:52      
                        Try not to step in the management      Jez Smith      03/16/06 16:03      
                           Technical management      Jeff Post      03/16/06 22:50      
                              The best bosses I've had ...      Richard Erlacher      03/16/06 23:55      
                              said in one sentence by Buddy Norton: "t      Erik Malund      03/17/06 06:36      
                     You're right, of course, That's life      Richard Erlacher      03/16/06 15:54      
                  Technical Guru      Ian Bell      03/16/06 09:48      
                  Usefull      Ian Bell      03/16/06 09:50      
                     mgt!      Andy Peters      03/16/06 16:39      
                        I don't entirely agree or disagree ...      Richard Erlacher      03/17/06 00:08      
                        I don't entirely agree or disagree ...      Richard Erlacher      03/17/06 00:08      
                        sure you can - and you have to      Erik Malund      03/17/06 07:00      
                        Meeting a Schedule      Ian Bell      03/17/06 11:13      
                           Lets face it      Mahmood Elnasser      03/17/06 12:04      
                              Pet topic      Steve M. Taylor      03/17/06 15:02      
                                 I have to agree ... it's a big lie ...      Richard Erlacher      03/17/06 16:34      
                                    the reverse      Erik Malund      03/18/06 10:18      
                                    Hmmm..      Steve M. Taylor      03/18/06 14:19      
                                       It's more than that, ... and less ...      Richard Erlacher      03/18/06 16:46      
                                       One more thing ...      Richard Erlacher      03/18/06 16:57      
                                          that piano player      Terry Lingle      03/19/06 09:29      
                                          Experience      Ian Bell      03/19/06 13:45      
                                             Paraphrase      Steve M. Taylor      03/19/06 14:01      
                                                old generation      Mahmood Elnasser      03/19/06 14:15      
                                                Et tu Brute?      Ian Bell      03/19/06 14:29      
   contd....      Saif Ullah Khalid      03/16/06 01:27      
      Degree or no degree      Mahmood Elnasser      03/16/06 08:10      
         who? what? and another      Erik Malund      03/16/06 08:18      
            and a theif!      Mahmood Elnasser      03/16/06 09:25      
            And      Steve M. Taylor      03/16/06 10:05      
               Read all about it...      Graham Cole      03/20/06 03:23      
   he never said they would make good bosse      Erik Malund      03/16/06 15:31      
   I cannot belive      Nikhil Arora      03/18/06 04:06      
   Shocking!!      Kai Klaas      03/18/06 07:07      
   Good news :)      Mahmood Elnasser      03/23/06 11:28      
      Well, the REAL good news ...      Richard Erlacher      03/23/06 12:13      
         mmm      Mahmood Elnasser      03/23/06 12:24      
            Well, that IS good news!      Richard Erlacher      03/23/06 12:51      

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