There is value in understanding your team's work, but how does a nontechnical person determine what's important to learn? Follow these key considerations to surface what's important to you and the work you perform on your team.
- I'll now somewhat contradict myself.…Your job is the most important thing…and you don't need to know how to do everyone else's,…but there is a lot of value in having at least…a general understanding of what's going on in the team,…but technology is a big and broad term.…How do you figure out what's important in your case?…Well, this might be really easy.…If your team is the XYZ team,…all you need to do is figure out what XYZ is,…but it's often not that simple.…
Let's say you're part of the supply chain…logistical support tools team.…That's a really packed name…and probably comprises a whole suite…of different tools and processes.…So how do you learn what's going to be important to you…and the work you perform?…I think the obvious first step is to talk to your manager.…Although they might not be technical themselves,…as manager they should have enough of an overview…to be able to direct you to what to focus on first.…
Ask your coworkers too,…both the technical and the nontechnical ones.…There are some other techniques…
- 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.