We all know that Java Programming and Management are two specifically different topics with different purposes. Over the past few months I've noticed a number of postings on various groups about transitions from Java Programming to Management, Management Techniques, and various management methodologies. As we begin moving from the Object-Oriented Analysis and Design metaphor to more agile methodologies such as XP, SCRUM, and Feature Driven Development, I propose that a forum to discuss management is overdue and timely.
It is with this observation that I humbly request a new permanent topic under the "Careers" category named "Management and Methodologies" designed to provide:
IT to Management Transition: We will identify what an IT professional should do to prepare for a move to management and compare experiences;
The Difference Between IT and Management: We will help Java Programmers with issues as the transition between IT and Management;
New Manager Support from a Java Point-of-View: Professionals reading this forum will be able to discuss thier management difficulties and gain mentorship as they mature as managers;
Agile vs OOA&D vs Upcoming Management Approaches: We would provide IT managers and IT Technical Leaders with assistance employing the various management approaches to IT, both in lessons learned and in the doctrine of each approach;
JavaRanch has provided me with so much help over the last 6 years, I really hated having to leave it in 2003 to pursue management. As a "new" member in 2006, I was awed at the rich amount of material available for new programmers. My professional programming career has been strongly supported by JavaRanch, twice now. My only objection was the lack of assistance in transitioning to management. With the Agile methodologies, more and more Java programmers will be thrust into the role of management and I think its a good idea to support them as they grow in thier fields.
Mike Van, PMP (2003-2009) [ September 03, 2006: Message edited by: Mike Van ]
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Unless you really suck at it. Then, you might just want to try something else, if you dont' want to be a loser I mean.
I think those questions are a perfect fit for our "Agile and other Processes" forum.
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Since he's posting from the older ID now, I assume that whatever prevented him from using it earlier, the problem is now resolved. Unfortunately there's really no way in the system to merge the old and new accounts. Of course it's theoretically possible to code something up to do that, but my perception is that there's somewhat more work and risk there than there is benefit. The existing codebase here is a pain in the butt to refactor, and there are numerous other modifications that would probably come first, being eaiser/safer and more widely useful. So basically that's a "no", sorry.
As for your forum proposal, I've no opinion as I don't really frequent the existing process and jobs forums. Those who do are in a better position to evaluate whether this idea makes sense.