micromanagement

Perfection Rules in Writing? You Might Be Micromanaging Yourself

Do you ever encounter perfection rules when you write (or create in any way)? Maybe you’ve heard these statements—or you’ve said them to yourself: We must spend a lot of time “polishing” to create perfect writing. We must not publish until the work is perfect. We can create a perfect piece and it’s worth our …

Perfection Rules in Writing? You Might Be Micromanaging Yourself Read More »

Three Slightly Ranty Thoughts on “Back” to Normal

All kinds of people are talking about “back” to normal. However, I see several problems: Many of those same people think there’s a talent shortage. (Management can’t hire people  for the same salaries they used to pay.) Or, that while managers might want people “back” in the office,  not everyone wants to work in an …

Three Slightly Ranty Thoughts on “Back” to Normal Read More »

Leadership Tip #9: See & Stop Micromanagement—Learn to Trust Instead

I see too much micromanagement, even in supposedly agile organizations. Micromanagement tells people, “I don’t trust you.” When we have insufficient trust, morale and the products deteriorate. Instead, we can extend trust and keep innovating for morale and the products. This image shows a 6-person team where the leader/manager micromanages. All decisions go through that …

Leadership Tip #9: See & Stop Micromanagement—Learn to Trust Instead Read More »

Successful Software Management: 14 Lessons Learned

© 2003 Johanna Rothman. This article was originally published in Crosstalk, Dec 2003. This article is the outgrowth of my original talk/article, Successful Engineering Management: 7 Lessons Learned Successful managers realize that they need to balance the needs of the business, the employees, and the work environment to be effective. In this article, the author …

Successful Software Management: 14 Lessons Learned Read More »