Here are some engineering-manager-y activities I don’t like doing:
And here’s the good stuff for me:
The theme here is that I like making people happy and productive, and I’d be fine not knowing what we’re actually building. But “what we’re actually building” is half of the job of an engineering manager. So I’ve been doing the minimum with that half for the past few months, and the guilt is real. I miss feeling useful.
Does my ideal role exist? Am I realizing that I want to be an agile coach instead of an engineering manager? Email me if you’ve come out the other side of this.