Copyright Steve Jurvetson (Creative Commons)
I remember when I was younger, sitting around the campfire with friends, roasting marshmallows for smores, and exclaiming loudly: “When I grow up I want to be a Manager.” They all looked at me with wonder in their eyes: a Manager. I had the audacity to want to become a Manager.
Ah, I can tell that you scoff at me. You are ridiculing me for my desire to become a Manager. To have my name extolled with the likes of Fred Seabrim, Joachim Soleonus and Archibald Jacobson. Managers that have stood tall against the test of time and have never wavered in their undying commitment to manage things.
Not wishing to push people away because of my grandiose dreams I scaled back and instead dreamt of becoming a programmer, a developer, someone who would shape applications to become the tools for future growth. I never saw the writing on the wall until the chalk board hit me in the head. Developers don’t create applications, managers build them with developers just writing the code that creates the management vision. A developer is a tool whereas the manager is the brain behind the tool.
Management is where all the cool things happen. Where meetings are held to determine the course of the project, the company, indeed, the world. Who gets invited to meetings? Managers. Who makes the decisions in meetings? Managers. Who is able to grasp the idea of client disengagement due to poor client experience and instantly come up with the idea that what we need is an app?
What better way to understand the organic processes happening within an organization than to become part of those processes themselves? Imagine how much more a microbiologist could learn if they could make themselves as small as a microbe and follow it around, asking questions and generally learning about the microbe from the perspective of the microbe.
Managers. Is there anything better?