Questions tagged [micro-management]

Micromanagement is a style of management where the manager is managing very small details of an employe's day to day (or hour to hour) tasks.

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How involved should a startup's CTO be in the technical details of work done by his engineers?

The short version: My boss / CTO / company founder double checking everything I do and gives me little technical decision-making authority. It's driving me nuts. To what extent is that normal / okay? ...
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Management micromanaging sprints

I work at a smallish company as a software lead. So far I have lead one team for the full duration of the project, and have been managing my current team for about 6 months. While the previous ...
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How to manage a combo of busywork and micromanaging

My job requires equal parts analysis and data display on a map. On a project I send these maps out for review as many as several times a day and incorporate changes requested by the project manager ...
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Client mis-managing my (contractor) work

I'm a newly-minted (~1yr) contractor, providing specialist technical services (Machine Learning). I am on my second job; first one was great (more on that below) and in fact they referred me on to my ...
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Being micromanaged as my 'Greatest Weakness'— how to tackle and handle during interviews?

At my current workplace, my boss is severely hands-on, so much so that he has practically trained his employees to wait on his decisions and responses for almost everything that they do (while ...
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Dealing with criticism from boss

I've been working at a software development company for the last year and a half, and during my time there, I've contributed to multiple product releases with little to no delays and generally with a ...
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How can I manage freelancers effectively in a startup [closed]

The problem is every time I hire someone from freelancing websites, I find it hard to manage the output or the budget. example 1 : I hired someone who claimed to be an expert in programming, just to ...
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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How to improve situation where asked to account for work in 15 minute increments

I work in a small company of around 20 people and the manager has recently started sending out emails indicating their desire to micromanage the whole company. First email: I want detailed time ...
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Can a employee refuse to work with a particular manager? [closed]

The project I am working on is closing and the employees are moved out to different departments in the same company. Recently a guy from another department approached me. Later, I came to know that ...
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Inexperienced manager is making our work life miserable [closed]

At work, we have a manager with no prior managerial experience, at least none in the tech world which any of us would consider reasonable. He doesn't even have a manager title, but we're assigned to ...
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How to tell the boss that his “All hands on deck” approach doesn't work?

I'm on a development team with a total of five developers. The owner of my company quite often tells all of us to drop everything we're doing and focus on one singular task. The problem with that is ...
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Am I starting to be micromanaged? [closed]

Came a bit out of the blue: Line manager is upset I am asking people for work and not going to directly to him. My work load has lightened considerably and have taken a pro-active approach when I am ...
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How not to micromanage? [closed]

There are quite a few questions here on how to deal with a boss who is a micromanager, but I did not see any asked by managers on how to not be one. A friend of mine has several direct reports. None ...
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What can I do to stop a non-supervisor manager busybody from constantly checking on me?

I have a bit of a weird situation. I work for a tech subsidiary of a large multinational corporation that employs across all subsidiaries and companies owned a total of around 180-200k employees. My ...
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Micro managing boss? [closed]

We are a software development team. Our boss wants to do everything by himself. We write and check in code. He goes in and modifies everything. The problem is, he rips out well written, production ...
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When the manager is not responsible [closed]

I have the honor of working with a manager who is not responsible for his actions and decisions. He usually blame others for his mistakes. You might guess that this person meddles in everything, not ...
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Is it ever appropriate to tactfully speak your mind regarding your work supervisor without using inappropriate language?

I'm working in a temp development contract as a front-end developer. During the interview process, I expressed my background as more full-stack to back-end than pure front-end. Despite my honesty ...
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how to handle rant team member and avoid “You don't know team management” [closed]

I have already gone through How to deal with team member openly discrediting me across the company? How to deal with a team member who keeps making mild belittling insults in front of everyone? How to ...
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Manager who micromanages and at the same time does not manage [closed]

Situation: The technical leader left a few months ago, I automatically took over his responsibilities to make sure we have continuity, got a junior worker (REALLY junior, a grad). As of course I took ...
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Team lost faith in Scrum –how to change that? [closed]

I've always been in favour of communication and working practices that speed up our everyday, so I explained my coordinator about Scrum 2 years ago or so. We finally applied this a year ago, with ...
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How to handle micromanaging coworker [closed]

I read another question on this site about dealing with a micromanaging coworker that got a pretty good answer, so I'm hoping someone can share their expertise and apply it to my circumstances. I've ...
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How to balance guiding someone vs micromanaging someone?

Recently my manager has made me more of a lead role in helping shape some of the new devs on the team. I have a lot of experience with the codebase they are dealing with and so he sometimes simply ...
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Is it professional to question my boss about their constantly interrupting me? [closed]

I’m in my school’s co-op program and the last placement I was a solo developer. There were communication issues between me and my boss and I would like to avoid such in the future. Every hour my boss ...
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Being made to miss deadlines

I am in the rather uncomfortable situation of missing one deadline after another. And it's completely avoidable but a management decision to do so. Now, this shouldn't bother me as it is not my ...
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Addressing Technical Conflict with the Not-So-Technical Manager [duplicate]

I'm working on a project and running into deadline roadblocks due to technical issues pertaining to a pre-existing codebase my manager contributed to. I find when dealing with him, he's quick to dodge ...
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As engineering mgr, how to encourage more efficient use of time in tech-suppt when customers raise out-of-scope requests

I work at a small company with a very loose structure -- roles are not very clearly defined. It's an engineering company and I'm soon going to take over managing the handful of engineers. Though I'll ...
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My manager doesnt want anyone internal or external cc'd into email to him? [closed]

I'm working on a major project with my manager. I've got the impression for a while he is 'keeping me out the loop' - I'm not being told of developments in the project. I have become concerned as the ...
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How to react to HR's mandate of work week hours? [closed]

When the HR was giving the induction presentation around three months back for the post of trainee at a Software company to me, I explicitly asked them what are the timings? HR: We bill our clients ...
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How can I manage someone closely, yet still gracefully?

I am working for an IT Consulting firm. My employer employs me to work for his client in a team lead position. In my team there is a team member ("A") who reports to me. He works for a different ...
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How to work with a micro-manager?

I'm trying to learn how to work with my current manager. In my opinion he is too much of a micro-manager who is rude and wants an update of every single minute of my billable hours. As an example of ...
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As a supervisor, how to deal with micromanagement of team member? [closed]

This question maybe similar with this one. However my condition is different. Moreover I think this question better suited for workplace rather than pm, since I'm not yet in role of manager. This ...
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How should I handle being talked over by my boss?

I've just come from a standup meeting where I started to speak, and had my boss interrupt and talk over the points I wanted to make. I waited until they'd finished then said what I originally intended ...
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How can I constructively request well scoped project requirements?

Are there good ways to ask the management to improve the clarity and detail level of work requests and be more specific rather than just throwing you into a war zone and expecting you to figure out on ...
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How much slack to give a programming contractor

I have a contractor programmer doing some work for me and I'm wondering if I'm micro-managing or even being too strict with what I'm asking. A few times in the past I have asked him to do stuff in a ...