I've been listening for a year or so, but haven't posted much here. I'm a chemist by original training, moved into the business of building information systems for chemists. A year ago, I moved into the business of building information systems for researchers in climate change. I'm currently the senior technical person for a data center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with influence over a group of 8 programmers and 2 direct reports. It's an interesting environment, to say the least.
I've done management in the past (with as many as 12 direct reports), working in the commodity chemical industry, so the environment of a government lab has been an interesting (and generally satisfactory) change.
I haven't quite caught up on the back-file of podcasts, but plan to do so. I've been pushing some changes, and am about to start more formal 1:1's with the people who don't report to me, but over whom I have fairly heavy influence on their day-to-day work (in addition to the existing 1:1's with my directs).
Thanks to all for the forum posts and to M&M for the podcasts. It's definitely useful, particularly in thinking about how to adapt some of the ideas to an environment where profit & loss aren't everybody's first consideration. Herding cats!!!! :?