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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

by Michael Lopp


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In this fourth edition of the bestselling business book Managing Humans, author Michael Lopp continues to draw leadership advice from some of the most important software companies of our modern age. Educational stories from companies across Silicon Valley such as Apple, Slack, Pinterest, Palantir, Netscape, and Borland detail the experiences of bright software engineers in an ever-changing industry

This revised edition of Managing Humans expands on the previous editions’ explorations of management essentials including handling stress, building diverse teams, running inclusive meetings, and how to lead in times of crisis. The education of a great leader never stops, and Lopp applies crucial insights to help continue your never-ending leadership education. Whether it is approaching a myriad of engineering personalities or handling unexpected conflict, you will come away with wisdom to handle any team situation.

The engineering culture of a company can determine the difference between a product’s ultimate success or failure. Managing Humans is here to guide managers and aspiring managers into the intimidating world of people and their vastly different personalities. Handle conflict, infuse innovation into your approach, and be the most confident manager you can be after reading this book.

What You Will Learn

• Lead engineers

• Handle conflict
• Understand different engineering personalities

Who This Book Is 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484221594
Publisher: Springer Nature B.V.
Publication date: 07/26/2016
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 255,303
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(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 is Rands in Repose. Michael lives in northern California, never far from the ocean.

Table of Contents

Part I

1: Don't Be A Prick

2: Managers Are Evil

3: Stables and Volatiles

4: The Rands Test

5: How to Run a Meeting

6: The Twinge

7: The Update, the Vent, and the Disaster

8: Lost in Translation

9: Agenda Detection

10: Management via Worry and Crisis

11: Dissecting the Mandate

12: Information Starvation

13: Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence

14: Your Mid-Year Leadership Check-in

15: Managementese

16: You're Not Listening

17: The Hotel Giraffe

18: Fred Hates the Off-Site

19: A Different Kind of DNA

20: An Engineering Mindset

21: Tear It Down

22: Titles Are Toxic

23: Saying No

Part II

24: 1.0

25: The Process Myth

26: How to Start

27: Taking Time to Think

28: Meetings are Not For You

29: The Value of the Soak

30: Capturing Context

31: Trickle Theory

32: When the Sky Falls

33: Hacking is Important

34: WFH

35: Entropy Crushers

36: Your Culture is Rotting

37: The Metronome

Part III

38: Bored People Quit

39: Bellwethers

40: The Ninety-Day Interview

41: Managing Nerds

42: Incrementalists and Completionists

43: NADD

44: A Nerd in a Cave

45: Meeting Creatures

46: Organics and Mechanics

47: Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics

48: The Wolf

49: Free Electrons

50: The Old Guard

51: Rules for the Reorg

52: An Unexpected Connection

53: You are Going on a Quest

54: A Glimpse and a Hook

55: Nailing the Phone Screen

56: Your Resignation Checklist

57: Shields Down

58: Chaotic, Beautiful Snowflakes

59: Epilogue: Fear is a Liar


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