What it takes to manage a team and how to get there.
The position of technology leader is not a stage in the career path, but a set of duties that an engineer can gain when he reaches the senior level. This function may or may not include Human Resources skills. If included, the technology leader must act as a manager for team members under the highest management standards applicable to the technology sector, such as:
– regular personal contacts (weekly);
– periodic feedback on career growth, progress on established goals, areas for improvement and praise, as appropriate;
– working with employees to identify and provide guidance on areas for learning and developing points showed by project assignments, external qualifications, or additional mentoring;
– dedicates at least 30% of the time writing code with the team.
Even if the technology leader does not directly manage the team, he must offer mentoring and guidance to other members.
The technology leader is in continuous training in the position of technical project manager. Therefore, he must optimize its performance with the effective delegation of services, without relying on the practice of micromanagement. Your focus should be on the productivity of the team and on increasing the impact of your work product. The technology leader must make independent team management decisions and learn to deal with difficult management and leadership situations. In constant learning, he must develop ways to establish partnerships with product and analysis departments, and other areas of the company.
The engineer need not act as a technology leader to progress in his career, but this is the most common way to promote senior engineers from level 1 to level 2. However, to move from level 2 to the position of chief engineer, it is mandatory to act as a technology leader. Progressing beyond level 2 is very difficult without a position as a technology leader, even for an individual employee (thus defined as a brilliant employee who does not work as a team). This is because of the importance of leadership and responsibility at senior levels.