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

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From: George James (george@gjames-assoc.com)
Date: Wed Sep 27 2000 - 15:57:58 PDT


Francis,

I agree with your summary.

When I was Director of Engineering our Managers came up through the ranks
and were very technical but they did not have time (corporate level stuff,
budgets, performance reviews, planning...etc)to be hands on contributors.
However; their technical skills/background were a plus during project
design and program reviews. I had a rather large department which allowed
me to structure with a Chief Principal Engineer that was the technology
expert and a shared resource. Another issue is that it's hard to find
experts in technology who also want to manage and if they do it's hard for
them to keep current with technology.

George

At 04:57 PM 9/27/00 -0500, Frances_Hart@Dell.com wrote:
>I've gotten lots of good responses. I should have mentioned that I have an
>experienced team driving "advanced technology" - future product and tool
>requirements, etc. This group mentors the tactical team (7 engineers with a
>range of experience). I don't have an exact count of the feedback but it
>looks like recommendations are leaning toward management experience.
>Especially in light of the team which is available for technical direction.
>
>Keep those thoughts coming. I appreciate the input.
>
>Thanks,
>Fran
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: rbmccammon@mmm.com [mailto:rbmccammon@mmm.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 10:57 AM
>To: si-list@silab.eng.sun.com
>Cc: Frances_Hart@exchange.dell.com
>Subject: Re: [SI-LIST] : Opportunities at Dell - looking for input
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>Frances_Hart@Dell.com wrote
>
>>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)?
>
>Probably best (but expensive) is a tandem structure.
>The technical people report to a techniacl leader who
>is the sole direct report to a manager. The manager
>interfaces to the corporation. The tech leader interfaces
>to the technical people.
>
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