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

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The humor and insights in the 2nd Edition of 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 ...

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Overview

The humor and insights in the 2nd Edition of 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.

This second editions expands on the management essentials. It will explain why we hate meetings, but must have them, it carefully documents the right way to have a 1-on-1, and it documents the perils of not listening to your team.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430243144
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/27/2012
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 286,224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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

Section 1: The Management Quiver

1. Don't Be a Prick

2. Managers Are Not Evil

3. The Rands Test

4. How to Run a Meeting

5. The Twinge

6. The Update, The Vent, and the Disaster

7. The Monday Freakout

8. Lost in Translation

9. Agenda Detection

10. Mandate Dissection

11. Information Starvation

12. Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence

13. Managementese

14. Fred Hates It

15. DNA

16. An Engineering Mindset

17. Three Superpowers

18. Saying No

Part 2: The Process is the Product

19. 1.0

20. How to Start

21. Taking Time to Think

22. The Soak

23. Managing Malcolm Events

24. Capturing Context

25. Trickle Theory

26. When the Sky Falls

27. Hacking is Important

Part 3: Versions of You

28. Bored People Quit

29. Bellwethers

30. The Ninety Day Interview

31. Managing Nerds

32. NADD

33. A Nerd in a Cave

34. Meeting Creatures

35. Incrementalists and Completionists

36. Organics and Mechanics

37. Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics

38. Free Electrons

39. Rules for the Reorg

40. An Unexpected Connection

41. Avoiding the Fez

42. A Glimpse and a Hook

43. Nailing the Phone Screen

44. Your Resignation Checklist

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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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