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

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

by Michael Lopp

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This book is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopp's popular website Rands in Repose. It reveals a variety of different approaches for creating innovative, happy development teams. Lopp is one of the most sought-after IT managers in Silicon Valley.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590598443
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 06/22/2007
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 209
Sales rank: 1,289,382
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About 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, Pinterest, Palantir, Netscape, Symantec, Borland International, Slack, 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 Michael lives in northern California, never far from the ocean.

Table of Contents

PART I The Management Quiver

Chapter 1 Don't Be a Prick

Chapter 2 Managers Are Not Evil

Chapter 3 Stables and Volatiles

Chapter 4 The Rands Test

Chapter 5 How to Run a Meeting

Chapter 6 The Twinge

Chapter 7 The Update, the Vent, and the Disaster

Chapter 8 The Monday Freakout

Chapter 9 Lost in Translation

Chapter 10 Agenda Detection

Chapter 11 Dissecting the Mandate

Chapter 12 Information Starvation

Chapter 13 Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence

Chapter 14 Managementese

Chapter 15 You’re Not Listening

Chapter 16 Fred Hates the Off-Site

Chapter 17 A Different Kind of DNA

Chapter 18 An Engineering Mindset

Chapter 19 Tear It Down

Chapter 20 Titles are Toxic

Chapter 21 Saying No

PART II The Process is the Product

Chapter 22 1.0

Chapter 23 The Process Myth

Chapter 24 How to Start

Chapter 25 Taking Time to Think

Chapter 26 The Value of the Soak

Chapter 27 Capturing Context

Chapter 28 Trickle Theory

Chapter 29 When the Sky Falls

Chapter 30 Hacking Is Important

Chapter 31 Entropy Crushers

PART III Versions of You

Chapter 32 Bored People Quit

Chapter 33 Bellwethers

Chapter 34 The Ninety-Day Interview

Chapter 35 Managing Nerds

Chapter 36 NADD

Chapter 37 A Nerd in a Cave

Chapter 38 Meeting Creatures

Chapter 39 Incrementalists and Completionists

Chapter 40 Organics and Mechanics

Chapter 41 Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics

Chapter 42 The Wolf

Chapter 43 Free Electrons

Chapter 44 The Old Guard

Chapter 45 Rules for the Reorg

Chapter 46 An Unexpected Connection

Chapter 47 Avoiding the Fez

Chapter 48 A Glimpse and a Hook

Chapter 49 Nailing the Phone Screen

Chapter 50 Your Resignation Checklist

Chapter 51 Shields Down

Chapter 52 Chaotic Beautiful Snowflakes


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