Date of Award

Spring 5-25-2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering (ME)

First Advisor

Wayne Kirschling

Second Advisor

Tammy Sumner

Third Advisor

Bob Kois


This paper documents research on differences between two types of managers that manage their former peer groups. The two management types are people managers and technical leads. Differences were researched in three areas: communication, social interaction, and work management. All 2,100+ members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Program Management Institute (PMI) were invited to complete the survey, as were a subset of Lockheed Martin people managers and technical leads. Forty-two surveys were completed. Of these, thirty-seven were from persons who managed former peers. Due to this low response, limited analysis was carried out on the thirty-seven usable responses. The key findings for persons responding to the survey were: (1), technical leads communicate with the groups they manage more frequently than their people manager counterparts, (2) people managers are more socially involved compared with their technical lead counterparts, and (3) people managers manage their workloads more efficiently compared to their technical lead counterparts