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

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Managing Humans is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopp's web site, Rands In Repose. Drawing on Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, this book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other. 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 ...
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Overview

Managing Humans is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopp's web site, Rands In Repose. Drawing on Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, this book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other. 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 your future and your bank account. 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.

You will learn:

•What to do when people start yelling at each other
•How to perform a diving save when the best engineer insists on resigning
•How to say "No" to the person who signs your paycheck
•Among fans of Michael Lopp is the incomparable Joel Spolsky, cofounder and CEO of Fog Creek Software:

"What you're holding in your hands in by far the most brilliant book about managing software teams you're ever going to find".

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 bites 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: 9781590598443
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 209
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lopp is a veteran engineering manager who has never managed to escape the Silicon Valley. In over 15 years of software development, Michael has worked at a variety of innovative companies including Apple Computer, Netscape Communications, Symantec Corporation, 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.
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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