When is the right time to transition an IC to manager?

Transitioning from an IC to a manager should usually feel like a natural, or at least logical step rather than a forced occurrence.

2 action items

  • 1. Are you already “managing” or influencing others without the title?

    Some of the strongest IC’s who have developed in-depth knowledge of the company they work at or the practice they work within often become the strongest influencers on others. In these cases, transitioning from IC to manager is very natural because in many ways, they are “managing” already.

  • 2. Is the company or product growing?

    As a product scales so will the team. In this instance, transitioning from IC to manager might be needed to help the company continue to grow.

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