Managing Software

Sep 13th, 2002 by Tony in QSM1

Why would anyone want to manage software? It can’t be the money. If you’re interested in money, you’d probably do better investing your time in becoming a top developer, rather than taking a chance on becoming a mediocre manager. It can’t be the admiration of your peers, because they’ll probably despise you for “selling out” to management. Over the years, I’ve found very few programmers who went into management for money or prestige. Instead, I’ve met thousands of them who went into management for the same reason so many abused children become therapists. It’s called the “wounded healer” syndrome: You take up healing because of the experience you have with your own wounds.

Programmers go into management because they have a cause: They think they can make the software industry better than it is.

— Jerry Weinberg, Quality Software Management Vol 1, Chapter 18

No Comments