The Basic Rules of Nerd Management are:
Quotes worth quoting:"Projects in big companies do require management. But innovation requires leadership, and I think they're not only not the same, they are diametrically opposed... Management is a process by which we make sure everything comes out the same... Good management would be to give a machine gun to an ax murderer; it would make the process more efficient... Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. Innovation, which is hard to do, is particularly hard to lead."
- Dean Kamen, "Inspiring Present and Future Scientists and Engineers to Innovate," National Instruments Week August 10, 2006 keynote, as quoted in EDN
"When more businesses were run with the objective of simply making a product in the most efficient way possible, managers knew what needed to be done and just organized their workers to make it happen as efficiently as possible. They felt little need for creative input from below or anywhere else, and they often made that clear.
"But companies operating with that creaky mindset today - and there are still many - are losing a chance to reel in crucial information. Many businesses now operate in much more uncertain territory, creating new technologies, new ways of selling, new kinds of services. These enterprises depend on creativity and innovation, and they severely limit themselves if they do not actively solicit input from people at every level.
"'Management 101 is to organize complexity and create schedules and plans, based on the assumption that we know with a high degree of certainty what needs to happen when,' said Amy C. Edmondson, a leadership and management professor at the Harvard Business School. 'In many of today's organizations, that is simply an outmoded concept, but we still use the same management tools: a production mindset applied to an uncertain experimental context.'"
- Kelley Holland, "The Silent May Have Something to Say," November 5, 2006 New York Times