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deskgeek in  
Software Engineer at Apple6 months ago

How long should you wait before looking at manager roles?

I have ~3 years exp and am getting conflicting info about when is 'the right time'. Thoughts from existing managers appreciated.


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walakanaSoftware Engineering Manager 6 months ago
Spend at least 5 years doing the job you intend to manage. Get really good at it, and understand it very well. Don’t let people rush you into management - without that technical credibility, the job is nearly impossible. You need the street cred to get buy-in, esp if you're doing code reviews and butt heads with other engineers, etc.
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