To be or not to be … a manager
Posted by oakesgr on March 17, 2010
For the past 18 months I’ve been a performing a dual role, DBA by day and team leader and general crime fighting superhero by night. Or something like that. What I’ve found is that if you spend between 50 and 70% of your time performing management type tasks (appraisals, resource management etc.) your technical skills go down the toilet pretty quick.
So basically I’d arrived at a crossroads in my dba career. Do I continue to perform the team lead role, in which case I will inevitably become a full-time manager at some point, or do I jack in the management work and go back to being ‘just’ a DBA.
After having a good chat with myself, stepping back, re-appraising the situation, blah blah blah (you can tell I’m turning into a manager ;-) ) I decided that I rather like the dba work after all. I still enjoy the technical challenges that being a dba can throw at you, and I definitely still enjoy the thrill of providing a really good, performant, robust and long-lasting solution to those said challenges.
So therefore I’ve asked to step down as a team lead. As far as my current organisation goes, it’s probably not the most career progressing decision I’ve made (!!!) but I hope to be a far happier individual. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the management part of the job, at times it was great. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better team of dbas to work with, but with recent organisational changes going ahead, I think (hope!) I’ve made the right decision.
So my new (old) life of being a plain old DBA starts again on April the 19th – handovers really drag!
I certainly hope that it will free up some time for blogging, which has really fallen by the wayside recently.