“Managing up” to achieve developer community success

Tessa Kriesel
Tessa Kriesel
“Managing up” to achieve developer community success

Managing up refers to doing whatever you can to make your manager’s job easier by essentially managing your manager.

Have you ever watched The Intern with Anne Hathaway & Robert De Niro? If you haven’t, it’s a must see. Highly recommended.

In the movie, Ben is hired as a senior intern. Ben is assigned to Jules, the CEO and Founder of Above the Fit. Jules thinks it hilarious, and unnecessary to have an intern. Ben does a variety of different things to help Jules realize that he can make an impact on her life and business. He catches her driver drinking from a brown paper bag, and asserts himself to be her driver for the day ensuring that her life isn’t at risk. Each day that Ben drives Jules he gets closer and closer to breaking her I-don’t-need-you barrier. He also provides confidence and insights at just right the time to help Jules make the best decisions for her team, company & herself. He has his own motives in various use cases and steers Jules towards steps that achieve success where necessary.

Managing up refers to doing whatever you can to make your manager’s job easier by essentially managing your manager.

Why You May Need to “Manage Up”

There are a variety of reasons we may need to “Manage Up.” The following list has personally affected me:

  • Obtaining Approvals—do you ever struggle to get stakeholder buy-in?
  • Avoiding conflict—tough convos with tough people
  • Lack of Communication—lack of details makes your role harder
  • Sharing intel on your work—some managers don’t highlight work well

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