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I originally proposed the site "IT Management" with a view to including technical team leads, test analysts and other professions that were generally excluded from Stack Overflow or found it difficult to get good answers from "non-programming-related" questions within that community.

I would suggest our two proposals would be stronger by merging.

Proposal: Developer Team Leads

Proposal: IT Management

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I wouldn't think so - tech team-leading is a different skill. It's still a technical post, not management, and presents a different set of challenges.

  • I partly disagree with this. Sure team leads are by nature very technology-focussed, but there are a lot of low-level responsibilities that come along with the position: work allocation, resource planning, project management, design decision making... These aren't technical skills as much as they're social or strategic skills. – Phil.Wheeler Mar 8 '11 at 20:28
  • That's a fair point. However, the title "IT Management" is very broad, and tech-lead stuff could get lost in the wide range of topics that could be discussed in such a forum. The "management" side of tech-loading is much smaller and more focussed than the broad church of Management. – TrueDub Mar 9 '11 at 9:31
  • You have a fair point yourself, but that's what I envisaged robust tags to cover. Your question types would be narrowed down to the specific tags that were assigned to each question. – Phil.Wheeler Mar 9 '11 at 9:53
  • True, but I'd be afraid of the tech-lead stuff getting swamped in the broader management stuff, and people not finding the stuff they need. This is, however, a risk on any site. I also wonder about whether a person who still considers himself a techie would subscribe to a Management site! :-) It depends, I suppose, on whether there's a critical mass of support for the tech-lead site. – TrueDub Mar 9 '11 at 11:07

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