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

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

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by Michael Lopp
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590598443
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
06/21/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(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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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
tofletch More than 1 year ago
Great advice! Both funny and insightful, this is definitely a great read and a great reference for managing humans.
sweetperceptions More than 1 year ago
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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