Managing Up: Complaining

We are starting a series on managing up. In this episode we talk about how not to communicate work issues to your boss. We define what complaining is and why complaining is ineffective. We provide a checklist that our listeners can use to see if their upward communications are in the complaining territory.

You know that you are complaining when bringing an issue to your boss

  1. Without offering a plan that you and your partners would like to execute,
  2. Without asking for resources
  3. Or without asking for an approval.

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