I'm meeting with a hiring manager in my company to discuss moving teams internally.
I'm anticipating them asking me why I want to move. If I be honest, it's because my current manager's management style is stressing me out. Her style isn't necessarily bad - it's just not working for me.
Trying to explain without going on a rant:
- There is next to no organisation within the team
- We build software in an "agile" way but we never have standup, grooming, planning, retrospectives, post mortems when things go wrong (which is frequently).
- We have a huge key person risk in that one engineer is a lone wolf and has built huge chunks of our service with no oversight and no documentation and she cheers him on as her top performer.
- We have huge chunks of our code base with no test coverage. She portrays our team as "high performing" to her superiors and it may look that way to them, but to me it looks like a house of cards.
- I don't know whats coming up in any "sprint" because she will create issues the day before the sprint and drag them in, no grooming, no estimates, no planning, not even requirements. Just a jira with a vague title and a random number of story points.
- If we don't finish the story in the sprint, she will close it to get the points and create a new story in the next sprint with a different title to continue the work - so that on our reports it looks like we have met our commitments. Sometimes the stories are blatant lies and cover something entirely different.
The reason all of this is stressful, is because I want to become a people manager in future. I want a manager I can learn from, who will mentor me on how to be a leader. This isn't a style I plan to learn.
I would prefer much, much more discipline with the team to the extent that I don't believe it's possible to move the team there in my capacity as an IC.
My question is, do I explain this to the hiring manager (honest) or make up something else?
Edit: The hiring manager may be a more senior manager in the same company.