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Why I don't talk about the technical bits

Eric asked me, “Marcus, why don’t you write about technical topics?  I understand that management and leadership are important but don’t we still have technical problems to solve?”

Thanks for asking, Eric!  Of course you still have technical problems to solve.  Architecture problems. Scaling problems. Stability problems. Run-time performance problems.

You’ve got an overloaded plate of technical problems.  I almost never discuss them.


Simple.  You already know how to solve them.  You’ve been coding long enough and possess enough skill and experience to take care of them.

You may not have enough time to address them, but you’ve got the skills and experience to successfully tackle those kinds of problems.

A different kind of problem

Many people who are becoming a technical leader don’t struggle with the technical part.  They struggle with the leader part.

It’s a bit of a Goldilocks problem: Either you are too hard, or too soft.  Autocratic or Lassiez-Faire.  Micromanaging or neglectful.

It’s my goal to help you find the sweet spot between those extremes.  So you can find a “just right” style that builds the team you want.

About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

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