Unlike engineers, engineering managers have no natural source of power. In previous lives many of them ran the machines themselves, but there came a time when they’ve traded their role as craftsmen for the management track. Sometimes it’s because they weren’t good craftsmen in the first place and knew it limits their earning capacity. Sometimes they were good craftsmen who were seduced by the siren song of social status among the normies. Sometimes they genuinely wanted to support engineers in their work. But in every case, they can no longer fix the machines. Their power has to come from elsewhere.