Leading 150 engineers is an interesting experience. You can still learn about each of them, know what they’re doing, which project they’re involved in etc. Actually, I thought it would be the hardest part of working with such a big group. Well, it is not.
The hardest part is communication. Not a surprise, eh?
Well, I had a head full of ideas how to make communication work. To make it more humane instead of throwing heartless emails at people. The problem is: you can’t really make a meeting with a hundred of people. It’s not a meeting anymore. It’s kind of appearance or speech. It just doesn’t work if you want to do it on regular basis.
Of course you can base on managers to pass information to their teams. Except having messengers is never perfect. Information is changed as people aren’t comfortable with passing it around or don’t think it’s even important or whatever. Anyway the target message isn’t anything close to the source one.
So where does it bring us? Yup, we’re right back on those less humane methods. Announcements on intranet portal or emails. Throwing dry information on people to solve the problem which is always there: crippled communication.
Or maybe you have a better idea?