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Project Manager or Tech Leader?

by Olga Kouzina, 24 October 2013 | The Agile Blogosphere

This post is from Edge of Chaos | Agile Development Blog by Olga Kouzina. Click here to see the original post in full.

Yesterday I had the privilege of watching  Hillary Clinton speak at UB. Ms. Clinton spoke on various issues related to national and international affairs, and while this speech was delivered by a political figure, many points could well be projected into IT organizations, as long as it goes about the leadership part. I’ll share some of my musings here. Now, this is not a pump-up post about passion and being a leader in anything. I just want to highlight some practical advantages that having a distinguished leader brings to an IT organization.

If we look at the names of authority positions in IT, which one do you think would come across most often? Right, it’s a manager.  Or a supervisor. Project manager, product manager (or owner) and many other managers. What could be wrong about this setup, with managers in the positions of authority? There’s one crucial distinction. A manager is someone who is in charge of tasks. Managers and supervisors are fine if their job is to supervise people who would drill rocks for “room+food+$12 per month” :

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