Managing Nerds: 12 things you need to do as a new manager

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Are you an aspiring manager, a current manager, or just wondering what the heck it is that a manager does all day? I'll go over the successes and failures I had while making the transition from the text editor to the conference room. You'll learn how to delegate effectively, set goals, coach employees, how to handle one-on-one meetings, and more.


There are 12 questions that every new manager needs to ask themselves:

  • Do you have weekly one on one’s?
  • Do you have a list of what comes next that is always up to date?
  • Do you have a daily standup?
  • Do you have a weekly staff meeting?
  • Are you letting your team do the work?
  • Are you hiring people that raise the bar for the team?
  • Do you have a weekly retrospective meeting?
  • Are you removing poor performers?
  • Are you giving frequent feedback?
  • Are you coaching employees to improve?
  • Can you run an effective meeting?
  • Do you delegate everything that someone else could do?

I’ll go over each of these questions in detail and give you practical ways you can implement them within your own organization.

Speaking experience

I spoke at last years Open Source Bridge, Drupal Summit NW, and various Drupal, PHP, and Ruby meetups.