Avoiding Mistakes with your Manager README

It’s been over a year since I wrote about my version of Manager READMEs and it’s been great to see READMEs and discussions about them crop up all over the internet. I shared some tips about successfully sharing information through documents on Twitter and here I’ll apply them to a Manager README to help you avoid some common pitfalls that can lead the document to hurt more than it helps.

As a reminder, my intent of a Manager README had two parts:

  1. Share expectations
  2. Build trust

A year later, I think it’s better to focus on the recipient’s value of this document, hence this new and improved intent:

  1. Share expectations to reduce their anxiety
  2. Build trust as they get to know you
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Expectations Should Not be Kept to Yourself

I’ve been watching Sex and the City with my wife. I’d gotten her to watch a lot of other shows of my choosing: Breaking Bad, The Wire, Justified, and I thought I’d try something from her corner of the television universe. We blasted through all six seasons, alternating between HBO Go and the (very large) pink album of the complete series sitting on our shelf when our internet crapped out. We watched the first movie last night. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from that show, and most of them are of the “What not to do” sort.

[Spoiler alert!]

Last night, Carrie and Big were arguing about the size and impact of their nuptials.

Big angrily shouted “200 people! Page 6! Do you know how that makes me look?”

I shouted back at the TV (I do that): “No, because you don’t communicate your feelings with Carrie!”

In fairness, Carrie isn’t good at that either, but that brings me to my point: communication is key. Continue reading “Expectations Should Not be Kept to Yourself”