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Did you move from a coding position to a manager position? Big question...are you still coding?

January 7th, 2008 • Develop •
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I've talked to a couple of developers that have moved from actually coding to the managing of coders. Most of those developers...errr...sorry, managers don't code any more.

There are a couple of issues that I've seen from time to time:

  1. Programmers promoted to management aren't allowed to code.
  2. They are put into a position, almost forced to code, when they become short-staffed.

Issue 1

I've never met a programmer who doesn't like to program. Unfortunately, in the corporate world, the only way to make more money is to take a management position. 

Everyone has their passion and to most people, their passion is solving complex problems using their favorite language and IDE as opposed to using Word and/or Excel. Usually, their IDE is replaced with MS Project or other open source project and over time, they lose their ability to code.

Well, code efficiently anyway.

Some people think coding is an art while others think it's just a job. If you love your career, passion rules over compensation.

Ok, back to the issue. For most programmers promoted, they can't code at all.

Actually, it's not that they can't code. It's just that they're not allowed. Quoted from the matrix, it all deals with "choice."

If you decide to go into management, know what to expect. There is an option that you may not code for a while. Just a warning.

Issue 2

I've worked with a lot of individuals who have made the transition over to management, but then, they've been asked to program when short-staffed...after a couple years of managing.

After a manager who hasn't programmed in two years, do you think they'd make a quality, efficient, durable program that they could maintain and market?

Yeah...I didn't think so either.

Ok, maybe I went a little too deep with this topic, but it's just something I've noticed over the years.

Do you know of anyone who made this transition from coder to manager? If you do, has the move been good or bad?

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Jonathan Danylko is a freelance web architect and avid programmer who has been programming for over 20 years. He has developed various systems in numerous industries including e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate, health, insurance, and utility companies.

When asked what he likes to do in his spare time, he replies, "Programming."

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