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Posted Saturday, February 2, 2013 1:16 PM


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Posted Sunday, February 3, 2013 3:07 AM
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Often i find that if my manager is hovering it is a sign that i have not set or communicated timelines and/or expectations effectively. It can be helpful to have a print out to point to at your desk to walk them through.

If yet they still hover then i let them have a voice or say in the decisions being made because it must be important to them!
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Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 2:06 AM
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Many years ago I was in a team that had a manager who was prone to micro-manage. Usually we factored that in to our estimates but I remember once, when we were all under a tight deadline: We knew this guy had a thing about the smell of garlic, so at lunchtime we all bought Chicken Kiev and chips from a local vendor to eat at our desks. This was not planned in advance, there was no conspiracy, we all just happened to choose the same meal option. And as the aroma of garlic filled the open plan office, the manager was strangely absent for the rest of the day. We made the deadline.
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I think it's hard for any tech worker to operate with someone looking over their shoulder. I guess explaining the decisions you are faced with and why you are doing what you are doing is the sensible thing to do.

Alternatively you could try my colleague's approach - bring up a word processor and write in large red font 'YOU ARE MAKING ME NERVOUS PLEASE PISS OFF'
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Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 3:14 AM
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I found an effective way was to ask "Don't you have coffee to drink?" knowing his mug was empty. "No" replied my boss, falling for my cunningly baited trap "I've drunk it all."
"Well you'd better make some more, this might take some time. And while your at it I'll one." I replied handing him my mug.

Result, I got rid of him for 5 minutes and get coffee! By the time he got back I knew what the problem was and so was a lot more relaxed and was able to tell him what the fix was and how long it would take.

If they are hovering, it usually means that they don't have anything to do, make something for them to do.
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Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 4:16 AM
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I am probably more intolerant of micromanagement than most, and have had to train a few bosses over the years that a hands-off approach works best with me.

What I want is a set of objectives and timescales. If I don't think they can be achieved, I will say so. Otherwise I will get on with it, and how I achieve them is largely my business. Once a boss has figured that I deliver if trusted, that is how it continues.

My current boss is a joy in that respect. For a start, he is 120 miles away. The overlap between his tech skills and mine is relatively small, so he has little choice but to trust me. It is in my interest for that situation to continue, so I am careful not to betray that trust.

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Posted Monday, February 4, 2013 4:49 AM
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You can try the Chloe O'Brian (from 24) approach. This isn't word for word but it's close. "It takes longer when you stand there asking questions!"
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I tend to find the biggest problem is when they do not accept the limitations of the situation. Particularly when you have highlighted the pertenant one(s) as issues before as there is sometimes the attitude of "you're only doing this so you can say 'I told you so'". As they never say this outright I cannot answer them with "No. I want to get the job done and would rather have done it by now and I raised it in the first place so I could NEVER say 'I told you so'".

It seems the most paranoid are...the most paranoid!!! Problems tend to be grief all round. I do find it insulting when people assume that you are making jobs harder than they really are.


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I've actively shooed spectators away from my colleagues desks during a difficult deployment.
You...stay I need you to do this.
You....stay I need you to do that.

The rest of you, I will inform when it is done. Go away....NOW.


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I've actively shooed spectators away from my colleagues desks during a difficult deployment.
You...stay I need you to do this.
You....stay I need you to do that.

The rest of you, I will inform when it is done. Go away....NOW.


I know its going to sound patronising or like I'm blowing smoke but I don't care, as someone who hasn't always had that backup can I say thanks for doing that (in case your colleagues were so under the cosh they were oblivious).


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