Technical professionals are no different from others—if you want to impress them, know what your part of the group's effort is and do it well, on time, and with minimal fuss. Here are several techniques for skillfully identifying your role.
- I think that the place you need to start…from when working with a technical team…is in understanding that not everything is your job.…You were selected for the role you are filling based on…your experiences, skills, and competence at doing that job.…Now, I'm not saying that you should be totally incurious…about what's going on around you.…But your first job is to focus on, well, your first job.…One of the things that you'll need to be doing…as you start integrating with a technical team…is building some credibility and gaining respect.…
And tech folks are no different than other groups.…If you want to impress them know…what your part of the effort is,…and do it well, on time, and with a minimum of fuss.…As a matter of fact, if you want to establish credibility…and respect fast start looking for broken…or unwieldy processes or systems…in the area you're responsible for.…I'd be willing to bet that some of these…cause problems downstream as well,…and the tech staff gets to feel part of that pain.…
If you can find these and fix them,…
- Identify the best practices for building trust and credibility with a technical team.
- Define “data-driven conversation.”
- Recognize strategies that will help a nontechnical professional adapt to a technical team.
- Name three ways you can help employees in a fast-growing department get up to speed on projects and tasks.
- Recall the major role of a manager.
- Determine the benefits of a flexible work environment.