Effectively Managing Technical Teams

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Jun. 6-10, 2022


Course Overview

Many technical experts find themselves managing a team, not because of their advanced leadership skills but due to their technical expertise. Mastery of management skills, and inspirational people leadership are required to get a group of people to become a high-performing team, delivering outstanding business results. 

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Set a vision for your team with buy-in and commitment to the goals
  • Define and evaluate measures and targets that matter
  • Execute through well-designed control, reporting, and ground-rules
  • Assess the personalities and motivation of smart people
  • Understand the dynamics of setting up and running high-performance teams
  • Radically improve time management by focussing on priority issues
  • Learn to deal with interruptions and crisis management
  • Get the most out of team meetings
  • Learn to communicate with your team effectively


Who Should Attend?

This course will benefit anyone whose work output is dependent on other people:

  • Newly appointed managers or team leaders directing technical professionals.
  • Experienced managers, who are looking for ways to be more effective and efficient.
  • Engineers and other technical professionals aspiring to management and leadership positions.

Additional Information

This course is part of the Technical Leadership Certificate. Course may be taken individually as well.

Earn 1.7 CEUs, 17 PDHs with this course.

Course Outline

Introduction to Management and Strategic Planning

  • Understand the transition from expert contributor to team leader
  • Discern a leadership mindset and describe the difference between leadership and management
  • Combine the right balance between the best of traditional management techniques and the new paradigm of inverted pyramid leadership of knowledge workers
  • Know the basics of strategic planning and why it matters to managing a team

Operational Processes

  • Set meaningful goals
  • Describe ‘the why’
  • Define and evaluate measures and targets that matter
  • Understand the importance and distinguish between joint and shared ownership of deliverables
  • Creating a team plan with meaningful objectives and measures

People and Personalities

  • Understanding what drives smart people and team dynamics to get the best out of them
  • Understand the dynamics of setting up and running high-performance teams
  • Handling top performers
  • Dealing with poor performers
  • Staff retention

Operational Efficiency

  • Getting things done
  • Getting the team organized for success
  • Running meetings effectively using the PPPP method
  • Specify meaningful, efficient, and necessary reporting methods
  • Radical time-management demonstrated with real-world inbox exercise

Communication Skills and Managing your Career

  • How to communicate effectively with your team
  • Understanding ourselves to understand the root cause of miscommunication
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of poor communication using email
  • Helping your team improve communication skills
  • Understand the importance of true listening
  • Discover the secrets of a successful career


"Great use of real world experiences… Would highly recommend."

Robert Kolar, DuPage County, Illinois DOT


"The best management course I’ve attended. Materials and examples were excellent."

Martin Beranek, MSA Professional Services, Inc.


Trevor Manning

Trevor Manning specializes in real-world training and development of technical people who have transitioned into management.  His mission is helping Smart People transition to Inspiring Leaders.

During a 30-year career in the IT and telecommunications sectors, Trevor worked his way up from specialist design engineer to board level. This journey from expert to middle manager, and then on to the C-suite, has provided Trevor with the breadth and depth of knowledge in how companies really operate.  

His experience working in South Africa, UK-Europe, America, and Australia in a range of companies from a giant electric utility to a small start-up software company has given him insights to help people in a variety of real-world situations.  

Trevor has experience in managing and leading people in mature, stable environments with fixed structures and processes, and also in the chaotic startup phase of a fast-growing new business. These environments exposed him to the challenges of recruiting and developing teams to meet the companies’ growth plans in addition to downsizing during lean years.

Trevor runs training programs around the world, including at Oxford University (UK) and the University of  Wisconsin-Madison (USA) as part of their Continuing Education programs for engineers. 

Trevor authored the classic best-seller ‘Microwave Radio Transmission Design Guide’ published by Artech House (second revision 2009) and more recently he has self-published ‘Microwave Radio Handy Reference Guide’ (2019).  He has also authored two management books ‘’Help! What’s the Secret to Leading Engineers?’ (2017) and ‘Help! I Need to Master Critical Conversations’ (2018). ‘Help! They Made Me the Team Leader’  will be available from Amazon later in 2021. 

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Susan Ottmann

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