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21 signs of BAD MANAGERS I met in my career as a software manager

21 signs of BAD MANAGERS I met in my career as a software manager

  1. Bias against action or against planning, simply waiting or postponing for ever; embrace the status-quo
  2. Secrecy, not willing to share information. giving the feeling that having access to information is a privilege reserved to managers
  3. Working very long hours to prove hard work or hide incompetence
  4. Over-sensitivity, someone that reacts immediately but the reaction is not a real response but mostly an emotional fact
  5. Brain washed by procedures and processes; favor a process instead of getting things done
  6. Expect the people to read they minds; hand in hand with secrecy –  i keep the info for me and then blame people for not acting
  7. Preference for weak employees or candidates, feeling threatened by the super-competent employees or candidates
  8. Focus on small tasks, missing the big picture and favoring details  on a specific task where he is competent
  9. Inability to hire former employees: none of his former colleagues were convinced to join him in his new company or he is simply someone that never mentored anyone or never took time to inspire anyone that can trust him
  10. Not setting  deadlines, the work is done when is done …why bother with time boxed iterations
  11. Favoring consultants instead of growing his staff
  12. Letting his employees feel like an anonym and irrelevant person that does not make any difference if stay or go
  13. Not measuring and not giving feedback based on real metrics and expectations previously communicated and clarified (not on feelings and emotions)
  14. Not telling people what he is expecting from them
  15. Micromanaging
  16. Sneaky boss – someone that is continuously acting or talking behind his employees’ backs so they are never sure where they stand
  17. Managing his boss more than growing his staff , and this is sometimes ok, but in general only to protect his staff or the company from bad decisions coming from superior management
  18. Divide and Conquer – strong believer in internal competition more than in the internal collaboration
  19. Ignoring non-performers – usually we are tempted to build on strengths and recognize top performers, but at the end “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link”
  20. Stealing credit – if we win I will stick my name at the top, if we loose it is definitely because the team is not mature enough or understaffed or ….simply “acted without my knowledge, they need some control”
    My product as a development manager is the TEAM (the ORG when applicable).

Yes, I do recognize myself in some of these points … and I am working on some of them. Stay tuned !


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JUG Cluj / Java User Group

JUG la Cluj Napoca

Asa cum probabil stiti, JUG-urile (Java Users Group) sunt grupuri formate din dezvoltatori /arhitecti /testeri
alte persoane tehnice implicate in activitati IT care au la baza tehnologii Java.

JUG-urile sunt organizatii non profit, neafilitate unei firme, fara personalitate juridica
si au rolul incurajarii membrilor si a comunitatii locale de dezvoltatori java in cresterea lor profesionala prin
organizarea de conferinte, simpozioane, prezentari, experiente comune, sesiuni demo din lumea tehnologiilor Java.

Companiile producatoare de software sunt incurajate sa sustina astfel de JUG-uri prin sponsorizarea evenimentelor
organizate de JUG (refreshments, sali de conferinta, materiale, persoane care sa sustina prezentari).
De asemenea un rol important il pot avea universitatile, autoritatile locale si media,
prin popularizarea unor astfel de evenimente care duc in fond la cresterea interesului pentru tehnologiile java si implicit
la cresterea profesionalismului participantilor: studenti, angajati IT, etc.

Ideea unui JUG la Cluj Napoca ne-a venit studiind fenomenul la nivel global si in UE si fiind
contrariati de faptul ca grupuri/comunitati cu relativ slaba reprezentare in IT sunt foarte active
pe Internet si in organizarea de evenimente, iar in Cluj Napoca, oras cu o foarte mare rata de crestere IT,
cu nume sonore de companii si cu multi, foarte multi profesionisti, nu exista o astfel de comunitate organizata in jurul unui JUG.
Am demarat o astfel de campanie si m-a bucurat interesul celor care “monitorizeaza” activitatea
unor astfel de JUG-uri la nivel global. Deasemnea am gasit interes in randul dezvoltatorilor din Cluj.
Tocmai de aceea demaram acesta initiativa.

Am dori sa cunoastem interesul dvs, dezvoltatori si orice persoana implicata din lumea Java:
daca v-ar interesa astfel de evenimente unde se faca prezentari, se discuta tehnologiile,
sunt invitate ca si speakers persoane recunoscute pentru activitatea in domeniu, etc.
Apartenenta la o astfel de comunitate locala java este evident gratuita, toate activitatile sunt voluntare
si fiecare poate contribui prin idei, propuneri
la organizarea unor astfel de evenimente.

In curand va fi disponibila o pagina de internet pe proiectul, o lista de discutii (email) pentru membership
si inscrierea noastra oficiala in directorul JUG-urilor, pentru moment aprobat si trecut in faza “incubator”.

Pentru moment, daca sunteti interesati sa faceti parte din echipa de startup si va desfasurati activitatea in zona Cluj,
indiferent ca sunteti student, pasionat de domeniul java, angajat IT, reprezentati o firma de IT sau o alta organizatie
care doreste sa se implice, sunteti binevenit si va rog sa imi scrieti pe adresa : ionel_condor (at)
sau puteti lasa un comment mai jos.

Exemple de JUG-uri:
JUG Sardegna:
JUG Paris:
JUG By Country:


Raspund la doua intrebari generale:

1. grupul nu este un sindicat, o asociatie profesionala sau o umbrela pentru head-hunting.
scopul exclusiv al grupului este promovarea tehnologiilor java si impartasirea experientei cu aceste tehnologii. Aderam intru totul princiipilor Sun cu privire la rolul si specificul activitatilor unui JUG:

A Java User Group (JUG) is a group of people who share a common interest in Java technology and meet on a regular basis to share technical ideas and information. The actual structure of a JUG can vary greatly — from a small number of friends and coworkers meeting informally in the evening to a large group of companies based in the same geographic area. Regardless of the size and focus of a particular JUG, the sense of community spirit remains the same.” (

2.membrii grupului nu trebuie sa fie neaparat specialisti java: poti fi studenti, programatori juniors etc la fel de bine cum pot fi cadre universitare sau persoane interesate de domeniul java dar care practica alta profesie.

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