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  • I like to ask about the manager's management style: who they admire as managers of development teams, what they read to learn more about and keep up with the field.

    It's surprising how many people just flat-out admit they just make it up as they go along, or say they don't have time for reading about how to do their job (as though that's somehow a long-term win!).

    For example I'd be happy with a manager who's read what Joel on Software [] and Paul Graham [] have written on the subject. I could also be happy with a manager who disagreed with those two, or was a big fan of somebody else's writings (which I would then ask for a reference to, for looking up after the interview).

    I have a good idea which giants' shoulders I was standing on to become a decent Perl programmer, and what I do to progress further. I'd be really surprised if somebody could be an excellent manager without learning from those who have gone before.