The Art & Science of Managing the Engineer

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Xlibris Corporation, Apr 8, 2010 - Self-Help - 58 pages
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This book is meant to help the many engineers who are thrust into an engineering management position with little or no training. The book will cover everything from “where to start” on your first day to the management process, which is a feedback process designed to manage the engineer. Finally, we will cover the “Art” of managing engineers, which will address many of the difficulties you will face in your job and end up with how to transform yourself from a great engineering manager to a leader and earn the respect of your team. The book is organized into seven chapters. It starts with a description of “what” really is an engineering manager. It addresses the roles and goals of the engineering manager and covers a few simple rules that are humorous but will serve you well. Next, the book goes into where to start. Many engineers are put into a management position after they have been with a team long enough or their boss has moved on. They have little or no training on what to do and will often mimic their boss’s behavior, which can be good or bad, depending on the boss that they had. Following this, the book goes into the Science of Engineering management. This is a process designed to manage the day to day activites of the engineer. Then, the book describes what I call the “Art” of the engineering manager. How to deal with the unique characteristics of many engineers as engineers in general can be very opinionated and difficult to manage. Finally, the book will address how to transform yourself from just managing the team, to becoming a leader and how to earn the respect of your team.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
So you want to be an Engineering manager?
11
OK you got the job     now where to start?
19
The Science of Managing Engineers
26
The Art of Managing Engineers
46
Beyond managing     becoming a Great Leader
51
Final Thoughts before embarking on your journey
56
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Dale Bettine is an experienced professional leader who holds both a B.S.E.E. degree and a M.S.E.E degree. He has over 22 years of engineering experience with over 13 in Engineering Management positions. He has managed engineering teams from as small as 4 to as large as 100 in various companies and industries across the United States. This is Dale's first book on engineering management but he felt the need to capture what he has learned over the years to help other engineers who are often thrust into a management position with little or no training. Dale hopes this book will help you.

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