Hi folks, long time listener, haven't posted in many years.
I've been receiving 'heads up' information from my boss that I will be promoted to manage a team of 7-9, in the second half of this year. My boss has solid relationships further up the ladder, and with his peers, and he's a High C, so I largely expect this to be accurate.
Over the past two years, I've been working for him as one of a handful of PMs that helps run and oversee a larger group of ICs. My boss has been line manager for the PMs and the ICs.
In the new model, the group will expand, there will be only a few managers reporting to him, and then PMs and ICs will report to this new middle tier, which I may be a part of.
Some of my questions, I'd love to talk further about any of them on in this thread:
*Going from Matrix PM to Manager...is this any easier than going from IC to Manager?
*Going from 0 to 8 directs...special challenges with that large of a group?
*Would it be shooting myself in the foot to ask for a smaller group to start? I'm only 31, I'm confident, and I'll put MT thinking in place, but I'm still risk-adverse.
*Is this 'really' a promotion, since it's the creation of a new level? The ICs are moving a level away from the CEO, while I stay the same distance I am today, just a strange way of looking at it!