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Middle management and small companies

Thursday, September 4th, 2008 | Software PM | No Comments

Most of the smaller programming studios have a “Two guys who write software INC” sort of look… The atmosphere is similar to a college dorm. I always argued that it is better to work in an organization where you can express yourself, where you don’t have to talk to supervisor 1 through 10 to get an idea to the big boss, where although you may be brilliant, because the company employs 5000 people and you’re part of department 26 division 12 - that is responsible for feature X of project 29, you will find it incredibly hard to even see the big picture of the product you’re working on and harder yet to contribute significantly in changing it.

I always hated the “I’m a little cog in a big machine” feeling … So are small companies better? In the personal relationship, the involvement, the personal contribution you bring to a project - yes.

But small companies lack the organization, the departments, the whole “I’m part of something bigger” feel.

That brings me to middle management - most small IT companies don’t have middle management - the boss bellow THE BOSS… This may be a part of the solution in keeping the plusses that a small company has and also giving the organizational look and feel and hierarchy one may desire.