I came across this wonderful post by Writer & veteren PHP developer Laura Thomson titled The dark craft of Engineering Management. Completely agree with her. Here are some excerpts that I liked in particular:
“Management is the craft of enabling people to get things done.”
Engineers, in general, know their jobs, to a greater or lesser extent. My job, as an engineering manager, is to make their jobs easier.
Autonomy is the key to scaling yourself as an engineering manager. As an engineer, I hate nothing more than being micromanaged. As an engineering manager, my job is to communicate the goals and where we want to get to, and work with you to determine how we’re going to get there. Then I’m going to leave you the hell alone to get stuff done.
Don’t become an engineering manager because you want power – that’s the worst possible reason. A manager is a servant to their team. Become a manager if you want to serve.