In another great blog post, Scott Berkun lays out his thoughts on what managers of programming teams should be able to do. You should read the whole article, as most concepts apply equally well to networking teams: if you’re a team leader, you should have decent knowledge of technology and its limitations, if you’re higher up the management chain, it’s more important that you can trust your people, work with them to reach good decisions ... and figure out when they’re bullshitting you.
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354, is the chief technology advisor for NIL Data Communications. He has been designing and implementing large-scale data communications networks as well as teaching and writing books about advanced technologies since 1990. See his full profile, contact him or follow @ioshints on Twitter.