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7 rules to score with Tech People, what’s yours?
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1. Be humble
2. Don’t tell the technical people how to do it.
3. Prioritise reusable effort if possible.
4. Always be clear on the objectives before meeting starts.
5. Don’t be dismissive and underestimate the effort.
6. Be generous with giving credit.
7. Always end with giving a deadline.

Courtesy from write up via PM Port, originally from https://hackernoon.com/to-all-project-mana...le-4a152b8005b0

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Suzi,

I totally agree with the article published on hackermoon.com.
It´s a necessity and a duty for the PM to manage his team in an empathetic manner, above all, transmitting his legacy and knowledge to the benefit of the team members and the organization.

Best Regards.

Giancarlo.
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1 reply by Suzi Shah
Apr 10, 2019 4:58 AM
Suzi Shah
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Thank you Giancarlo, appreciate your thoughts!
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Apr 09, 2019 11:04 AM
Replying to Giancarlo Alfonso Gonzales Prado
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Suzi,

I totally agree with the article published on hackermoon.com.
It´s a necessity and a duty for the PM to manage his team in an empathetic manner, above all, transmitting his legacy and knowledge to the benefit of the team members and the organization.

Best Regards.

Giancarlo.
Thank you Giancarlo, appreciate your thoughts!
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Do not talk with them, They always talk with the computer only.....jejeje
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2 replies by Adrian Carlogea and Suzi Shah
Apr 10, 2019 8:11 AM
Suzi Shah
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Ha ha some are extremely dedicated indeed :-) thanks Sergio!
Apr 14, 2019 5:28 PM
Adrian Carlogea
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Best advice ever. :P

Now realistically as a PM you have to talk with the "technical" people but if you don't come from the same line of work as they do it is better to keep at minimum the discussions as you may annoy some of them very quickly.

Before talking to a tech guy think it very well and try to avoid the discussion if it is not really needed.

I have met such grumpy technical people especially in IT Infrastructure as we were afraid to talk to them. Software developers are better but still some of them, usually among the best, are very grumpy too.
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Apr 10, 2019 5:37 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Do not talk with them, They always talk with the computer only.....jejeje
Ha ha some are extremely dedicated indeed :-) thanks Sergio!
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Hi Suzi, it's a great article written by a very competent tech guy who has had different experience with PM's, on the other side I've worked with the best technical guys and some of the worst, anything for an easy life, extended timeframes for easy tasks and adapting existing things rather than follow the latest specs, particularly when the TDA is weak.
As he says when dealing with competent tech guys this is the way I would treat them. The key is understanding where they sit on the scale, if in doubt get a second opinion from someone you trust.
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1 reply by Suzi Shah
Apr 10, 2019 12:53 PM
Suzi Shah
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Thank you for your insights Gordon, appreciate your advice!
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I'll add in this one: Make a serious effort to gain basic, operational knowledge of the technical issues involved with the project.
Technical people despise PMs who don't understand technical matters because it's impossible to explain the simplest thing to them. It's like trying to have a calculus discussion to someone who doesn't understand addition or multiplication. This lack of understanding frustrates technical people, for it makes it impossible for a PM to understand their technical team's needs and concerns.
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1 reply by Suzi Shah
Apr 10, 2019 1:12 PM
Suzi Shah
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Thank you Eric for the additional point, much appreciate it!
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Apr 10, 2019 9:48 AM
Replying to Gordon Alexander
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Hi Suzi, it's a great article written by a very competent tech guy who has had different experience with PM's, on the other side I've worked with the best technical guys and some of the worst, anything for an easy life, extended timeframes for easy tasks and adapting existing things rather than follow the latest specs, particularly when the TDA is weak.
As he says when dealing with competent tech guys this is the way I would treat them. The key is understanding where they sit on the scale, if in doubt get a second opinion from someone you trust.
Thank you for your insights Gordon, appreciate your advice!
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Apr 10, 2019 11:09 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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I'll add in this one: Make a serious effort to gain basic, operational knowledge of the technical issues involved with the project.
Technical people despise PMs who don't understand technical matters because it's impossible to explain the simplest thing to them. It's like trying to have a calculus discussion to someone who doesn't understand addition or multiplication. This lack of understanding frustrates technical people, for it makes it impossible for a PM to understand their technical team's needs and concerns.
Thank you Eric for the additional point, much appreciate it!
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If your Technical Person is good , encourage them to be better . Use them as your trusted friend , philosopher and guide .

Get out of their way and make them run and toil because they will revel in their sphere of excellence and will be more than happy to work harder if given the responsibility. They will be your workhorse and will remove the technical blockers in your project .

Be firm on your expectations from them - deadlines , scope, budget, quality but let them be flexible on the delivery and methodology within established tolerances.

Make sure that they understand that you are the enabler and offer to remove roadblocks from their way and shield them from project management politics.

Be humble and try to learn as much as possible from them regarding the high level technical stuff. As you keep insisting that they summarize the technical details in a non-technical way , They will also learn the art of tailoring their technical speak with non technical people , which is another valuable skill for them to develop.
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1 reply by Suzi Shah
Apr 13, 2019 6:15 AM
Suzi Shah
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Thank you Deepesh for your views!
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Great points to avoid burning the bridges between Tech & Non tech groups.Instead foster a powerful peer relationship that clearly brings the positive impact of ‘Unity is Strength’.It’s easy to say this but very difficult to put in practice.Not impossible though !!!
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1 reply by Suzi Shah
Apr 13, 2019 6:16 AM
Suzi Shah
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Thank you Rangarajan for your views!
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