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Orgs than blend people management with technical management seem suspect to me. You need to get elbow deep in problems to maintain the technical leadership and it doesn't happen often that you can do that if you're also in the middle of recruitment and communication and 1:1s and all the other machinery of management. Further, the authority of people management conflicts with technocratic leadership, which should be much more meritocratic.

People management requires a different set of skills to technical leadership. Looking to the same person to provide both is unlikely to be successful, IMO.

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