You might be a Software Development Manager if your five year plan includes big titles and big paychecks, your friends turned to you when they just could not find Waldo, and you have a politician-like ability to relate with everyone you meet… If this sounds all too familiar, read below and find out if in fact, you are meant for a career as a Software Development Manager.
Your sunglasses collection is on point –
There aren’t a whole lot of things brighter than a Software Development Manager’s future. Just ask InformationManagement.com, who says job growth for SDMs is expected to be 17 percent from 2014 to 2024. If you prefer living in “the now”, it’s currently ranked number four on Glassdoor’s list of Highest Paying jobs in America for 2016, so the present isn’t looking too bad either.
You are a details pro
If you tend to notice patterns in the most unlikely places, find it hard not to correct someone’s grammar, and your favorite bar game was photo hunt, you might be a Software Development Manager. Even the greatest SDMs miss plenty of minor details in the development process, you just have to almost enjoy going over your work and that of others with a fine tooth comb to find those misses. As a manager, you may be over entire teams or divisions, responsible for leading the development of test strategies, formal test plans, and system configurations. You don’t make the big bucks for nothing!
You’re a real people-person –
If you were voted most likely to be friends with everyone at your high school, you might make a great Software Development Manager. As a development leader, you need to be able to communicate effectively with all parties. This means talking the talk with the stakeholders on the business side and then relaying that message to your most technically-minded team member and vice versa.
After reading this, do you think you are Software Development Manager material? If so, and if you have some skills to back it up, click here and find your next SDM gig.