April 13th, 2005
I really like what Tom Evslin1 said about how to manage different type of CEO.
As difficult as it is for a programmer to manage a non-technical CEO (yesterdayâ€™s post), managing a CEO who is technical or thinks he or she is technical is much harder.Â A CEO who knows programmer-speak can be very difficult to manage.
Read the whole series:
Very accurate and reflected the same experience I have in my carrer. They should make Tom’s article a compulsory reading in computer science :-)
While you’re there, read also the other series Tom’s have in reverse, how to manage programmers :-)
Part 1 of this series is a phrase book of programmer-speak.
Part 2 is the meaning of â€œdoneâ€ and how to know when youâ€™ll get there.Â Thereâ€™s another Bill Gates story here as well.
Part 3 is about features that kill projects.
Part 4 is about super debuggers.
I agreed with Tom – great programmers & debuggers are hard to come by. In my entire carrer, I only come across 2 other person whom I consider great programmers. So if you know one, cherish them. They are really rare.
1 Tom is the Chairman of ITXC – I follow his blog to get news on VoIP but hey, you never know what you get – I love his management writing.