RE: [SI-LIST] : Opportunities at Dell - looking for input

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From: Ken Cantrell (Ken.Cantrell@srccomp.com)
Date: Wed Sep 27 2000 - 09:00:45 PDT


Fran,
I think it depends on the skill set and the group size. A good manager
doesn't have to know the details, a technically skilled person doesn't have
to have explicit management experience. If you have a large group (say 10
SI engineers), it might be better to go with someone whose primary interest
is in management. A technoid will probably not want to vector people around
because their primary interest is playing with the toys, and pushing the
envelope. If the work environment is manufacturing dominant, group size will
be large, politics and power layering will be rampant, and therefore
management skills would not only be appropriate, but also essential. If R&D
is dominant, the group size is usually small, and you have to have a manager
that surpasses being technically strong. The manager has to be a technical
leader, a guru, for lack of a better word.
Having said all of that, there will of course always be a case where the
opposite of the above is true. The only caveat that I would add is that you
could have a technical person who could handle both modes of operation in
either environment, but I doubt that someone with just management skills
could haul the freight in the R&D case.
That's my personal bias anyway. Hope this helps.

Ken

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Frances_Hart@Dell.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 6:03 PM
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Subject: [SI-LIST] : Opportunities at Dell - looking for input

Please read, as I would appreciate any help or input that you might be able
to provide.

I am in need of a leader for the simulation team supporting desktop and
portable development for Dell, here in Austin, TX. The question I have for
the SI community is: In the world of trade-offs would you prefer a
manager/leader with management experience or one with direct simulation
experience (but little or no management experience)?

I'd love your feedback. Also, if you are interested, or know of someone who
might be interested in this position, please forward resumes to me -
frances_hart@dell.com.

Here is the job description which is posted on Dell's web page.

"The responsibilities include managing the resources which provide
simulation support for the design and layout of Dell's desktop and portable
platforms. Duties include managing all activities necessary to take a
design from concept to production-ready prototype, analyzing the
architecture definition, schematic design and resolving conflicting layout
requirements, working with Development Engineering, ECAD and Electrical
Analysis teams and management. Additional duties include working with
extended team members and suppliers to identify and resolve issues.
Individual should have strong analytical and problem solving skills and be
comfortable dealing with ambiguity. Familiarity with simulation processes
and tools, as well as basic transmission line and electromagnetic field
theory, is a requirement for this position. 5-10 years experience
preferred."

Thanks,
Fran Hart
Sr. Manager, Signal Integrity

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