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Submission + - What to expect for first management job

An anonymous reader writes: I've been selected for a first line (software) engineering management job with a startup company. My background includes a comp sci bs and ms and an mba, plus 12 years of IT experience including about 4 in non-development roles. Still this is my first real management position and it's also in an Agile shop. My problem is that I've never been in a shop that was "so Agile", and have certainly never been a scrum master.

There's 5 people under me, and my peers include a product owner and architect. The people under me are rather sharp and in many cases have skills that I don't have.

The company believes that management should be inverted. The company makes money when developers produce software and is willing to treat them accordingly. So I'll have a budget for things like software needed, meals out when working late, etc.

With humility, I ask the slashdot crowd, "How can I be successful in this role?"

Aging Star System Leaves Strange Death Spiral 79

jamie tips a post at Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog about an extremely unusual astronomical phenomenon originating from a binary system about 3000 light years away. Quoting: "The name of this thing is AFGL 3068. It's been known as a bright infrared source for some time, but images just showed it as a dot. This Hubble image using the Advanced Camera for Surveys reveals an intricate, delicate and exceedingly faint spiral pattern. ... Red giants tend to blow a lot of their outer layers into space in an expanding spherical wind; think of it as a super-solar wind. The star surrounds itself with a cloud of this material, essentially enclosing it in a cocoon. In general the material isn't all that thick, but in some of these stars there is an overabundance of carbon in the outer layers which gets carried along in these winds. ... AFGL 3068 is a carbon star and most likely evolved just like this, but with a difference: it's a binary. As the two stars swing around each other, the wind from the carbon star doesn't expand in a sphere. Instead, we see a spiral pattern as the material expands."

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