Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager [NOOK Book]

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The humor and insights in Managing Humans are drawn from Michael Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, among others. This book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other and occasionally throw chairs. It is a place full of dysfunctional bright people who are in an incredible hurry to find the next big thing so they can strike it rich and then do it all over again. Among these people are managers, a strange ...

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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

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Overview



The humor and insights in Managing Humans are drawn from Michael Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, among others. This book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other and occasionally throw chairs. It is a place full of dysfunctional bright people who are in an incredible hurry to find the next big thing so they can strike it rich and then do it all over again. Among these people are managers, a strange breed of people who, through a mystical organizational ritual, have been given power over the future and bank accounts of many others. Whether you're an aspiring manager, a current manager, or just wondering what the heck a manager does all day, there is a story in this book that will speak to you-and help you survive and prosper amongst the general craziness.

Lopp's straight-from-the-hip style is unlike any other writer on management. He pulls no punches and tells stories he probably shouldn't. But they are massively instructive and cut to the heart of the matter whether it's dealing with your boss, handling a slacker, hiring top guns, or seeing a knotty project through to completion.

Writing code is easy. Managing humans is not. You need a book to help you do it, and this is it.


What you’ll learn

  • How to lead geeks
  • How to handle conflict
  • How to hire well
  • How to motivate employees
  • How to manage your boss 
  • How to say no
  • How to handle stressed people freaking out
  • How to improve your social IQ
  • How to run a meeting well
  • And much more
Who this book is for


This book is designed for managers and would-be managers staring at the role of a manager wondering why they would ever leave the safe world of bits and bytes for the messy world of managing humans. The book covers handling conflict, managing wildly differing personality types, infusing innovation into insane product schedules, and figuring out how to build a lasting and useful engineering culture.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430202714
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/21/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 706,775
  • File size: 450 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Lopp is a veteran engineering manager who has never managed to escape the Silicon Valley. In over 20 years of software development, Michael has worked at a variety of innovative companies, including Apple, Netscape, Symantec, Borland International, and a startup that slowly faded into nothingness. In addition to his day job, Michael writes a popular technology and management weblog under the nom de plume "Rands," where he discusses his management ideas, worries about staying relevant, and wishes he had time to see more of the world. His weblog can be found at RandsinRepose.com. Michael lives in northern California, never far from the ocean.
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Table of Contents


About the Author     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Preface     xiii
The Management Quiver
Don't Be a Prick     3
Managers are Not Evil     7
The Monday Freakout     17
Agenda Detection     21
Mandate Dissection     27
Information Starvation     33
Subtlety Subterfuge, and Silence     37
Managementese     43
Technicality     47
Avoiding the FEZ     53
Your Resignation Checklist     61
Saying No     67
The Process is the Product
1.0     73
Taking Time to Think     83
The Soak     89
Malcolm Events     93
Capturing Context     99
Status Reports 2.0     103
Trickle Theory     107
Versions of You
A Glimpse and a Hook     117
Nailing the Phone Screen     123
Ninety Days     127
Bellwethers     131
Nadd     137
A Nerd in a Cave     141
Meeting Creatures     147
Incrementalists and Completionists     153
Organics and Mechanics     157
Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics     163
Free Electrons     167
Rules for the Reorg     171
Offshore Risk Factor     177
Joe     181
Secret Titles     187
Glossary     191
Index     201
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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    Great advice! Both funny and insightful, this is definitely a g

    Great advice! Both funny and insightful, this is definitely a great read and a great reference for managing humans.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

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    For managers who want to take their game up to the next level, and be in the "know" when things are going to happen

    Highly recommended. Some were outright funny and I could relate to them. I realized a lot of the experiences we have are now enveloped under a terminology I can use.

    I also found some helpful insights on how to manage people. However, I would like to emphasize that the key steps here and major wins in learning won't work if your subordinates are immature.

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