Can you be a technical manager of a development team, without knowing the technology they work with? I'm very technical, having been a tech lead for a while, now I'm a manager, and the new team reports to me now, administratively and technically. Problem is, a big part of the technology being used is old and archaic (delphi). Is it possible for someone with 'zero' experience in that to lead that team? What are some of your experiences?
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Yes - absolutely - it sounds like your crossing a career bridge - it shouldn't be your responsibility to aid with code bug fixes - that's what your dev team are for. Ensure you have a good balanced team and work practices and you'll be fine. Have faith in yourself - you wouldn't have been moved into management if someone didn't think you capable.
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My experience has been that a very technical manager with zero experience in the technology is a lot better than a non-technical manager. And from your question you have the advantage of knowing what you don't know. Remember what you wanted from a manager when you were a tech lead, and try to do that.