Long story short, following a team reorganization 2 years ago I became a technical team manager of a team of 2 (myself included), without my new role being officially acknowledged by my organization. I code but I also receive the feature requests, write tasks, set the planning etc.
I am now leaving the company and was asked to train the other team member to take over some of my work in case the company is not able to hire a replacement for me on time.
Side note : I am not confident that the company will really look for a replacement.
This other team member clearly stated to me and our manager that she does not want more workload. And it was accepted that she will not cover all of my current duties.
My current plan was to :
- Write documentation
- Ask her to be more and more involved with the customer support team requests (To be honest that one should have been done from the beginning) this way she can learn by answering questions
- Ask her to write design documents for a new incoming feature, this way she can better understand the incoming features without me having to explain the tasks.
- And as my departure approaches I will let her handle more and more of my work.
But I clearly felt that it’s already too much for her to handle. And that she does not want to do any of that.
What’s my desired outcome : To make her autonomous for when I will leave without pressuring her and worsening the communication between us.
How I am thinking about handling this situation :
- Discuss it openly with her.
- Ask if she is indeed against any of the tasks I gave her lately.
- If she confirms my feeling, explain that things will be worse if she is not autonomous when I leave the company, because people will ask her questions anyway.
- Ask her if she can come with a plan the next day to achieve this in a way that suits her.
- Make adjustments to this plan if needed
- Follow the plan
What I don’t know, is :
- Should I also involve our manager ? I feel that he does not care much about how things are going for the team. Let’s say he is always available for a meeting but never calling for one.
- Should I really go on this path ? I was asked to, but in the end I am not officially her manager. I could just write a bunch of documentation files she can read when needed. (That’s part of the plan anyway)
Any advice ?