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Do you still do hands on coding when you start managing people?

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You slowly back out of it. At some point you stop.

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Most will stop at some point. I had one manager that would take at least 1 minor coding task per year just to stay connected and understand what his employees were doing.

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I feel like you should. I also think implementation / technical details skills can be easily picked up; being a manager means stronger leadership skills, thinking about bigger pictures, very good project management skills, undrstand overall what's new tech out there and how could it benefit the business, provide technical guidance when mentor junior team members or lead the projects.

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All of my managers so far have still been actively participating in coding. When I move on to my own management role at that end of October I plan to still be hands on as well. For the most part, my managers have been doing the tedious stuff no one likes doing to save us from it.

A1 - I have been very lucky with my managers, absolutely. D1 - I for sure wouldn't expect most VPs or higher to be coding as regularly as my managers have been, but I would note that data professionals are really expensive and so data teams tend to run fairly lean. I don't think it's all that uncommon for directors in data to be hands on by necessity.

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You'll more than likely do less hands-on coding and eventually phase out of it altogether. But the managers that I like the best still do hands on coding

I think it phases out but it's up to managers - I agree with other people, I think managers that still do a bit of coding are more connected to the work and have more empathy vs those who don't but that's just my experience

Very dependent on the situation. It can very difficult to provide the proper support to a team if you are also focused on your own development. Micro managers, by definition, have an unhealthy attachment to the details of someone else’s responsibility. Alternatively, an experienced and mature developer can sometimes also manage others fairly fluidly. Mentoring, architecting, and technical leadership all include some management of situations and people. Organization size is probably a reasonable indicator of the practicality.

It's a gradual thing. You get promoted and cut back to 20% coding, then eventually other projects edge in and push that down to 10%,etc.

Definitely, especially if you are a Tech Arch. I wouldn't trust a Tech Arch 100% if they can't code.

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