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Managing Technical Teams

Please Note:

This course is run over 5 days, split 3 days in one week followed by 2 days the week after.

Is managing a technical team the same as managing all teams? No, not always. There are nuances specific to the environment, people and pace that affect what is expected of you when managing a technical team. Common concerns we hear include:

  • How will I separate being an expert from a manager?
  • How will I get the best out of individuals and produce a high performing technical team?
  • How could my strengths derail me as a manager?
  • How do I merge my technical and managerial skills for the greatest impact?

This workshop uses tried and tested methods to help you develop a complex set of skills, knowledge and capability.

The process to successfully managing a technical team starts here.

Target audience

This course is aimed at those who lead and manage technical teams in all type of organisations.

Learning Objectives

You will learn how to:

  •   Demonstrate what effective management and leadership look, sound and feel like
  •   Recognise and overcome likely challenges you will face as a technical team manager
  •   Discover what engages and motivates you and your team members, getting the best out of each individual
  •   Handle conflict on the team more effectively
  •   Develop a flexible management style that helps your team develop, empowers others and avoids micromanagement
  •   Delegate more effectively to motivate, empower and drive development
  •   Build trust and effective team working
  •   Tackle difficult conversations effectively while maintaining relationships
  •   Set clear objectives and manage by outcomes


You’ll be asked to complete an online Belbin Team Roles® assessment and to capture your thoughts on being a technical team manager prior to attending the workshop.

You’ll also be provided with reading around managing technical teams to complete between the first and second parts of the workshop.

Course Content

Day 1:

  •   Introductions and welcome
  •   Leadership versus management
  •   Strength Deployment Inventory® – Motivational Value Systems™

Day 2:

  •   Recap
  •   Stages of team development
  •   Belbin Team Roles®
  • Building trust
  •   Case study

Day 3:

  •   Recap
  •   The 5 dysfunctions of a team
  •   Strength Deployment Inventory® – Conflict Sequences™
  •   Homework

Day 4:

  •   Recap
  •   Discussion on pre-course reading
  •   Flexing your leadership style
  •   Case study
  •   Successful delegation
  •   Goal and objective setting

Day 5:

  •   Recap
  •   A 5 step process for positive conversations
  •   Delivering effective feedback
  •   Case study
  •   Action planning for putting learning into practice

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