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

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From: Michael E. Vrbanac (vrbanacm@swbell.net)
Date: Wed Sep 27 2000 - 22:25:25 PDT


Frances,

So it seems that you have answered your own question.

You have:
1. An "advanced technology" SI team - addresses "tomorrow's problems"
2. A "tactical" SI team - addresses "today's problems"

What do you lack? Sound like either a "manager" or someone like a
"principal engineer/technical leader" who has the following traits:

1. Technical knowledge: provides ability
2. Practical knowledge: provides guidance
3. Personal bandwidth: provides time and attention
4. Communication skills: provides a basis for involving others
5. Planning skills: provides a way to actually achieve an end
6. Innovation skills: provides new ways to overcome impediments
7. People skills: provides the basis for teamwork
8. Negotiation skills: provides a way around dissimilar goals
9. Wisdom: provides for all the above to work simultaneously
10. Mentoring skills: provides for the transmission of the ability of
      the mentor through the growth of the team and its individuals
11. Vision: provides direction for oneself and the team

Many good people do about the first half of these well but you'll need
someone with strong skills with the other half as well. People
like that exist but they are hard to find and once you do, you may
not get them because good companies don't want to let them go that
easily.

A person at that level will probably need to feel comfortable in
both the management & technical world.

Good luck in your search and ....choose well, my fellow SI'er. <grin>

Michael E. Vrbanac

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
>
> 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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