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
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 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.

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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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
arturotena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written in a conversational, spicy and sometimes profane language, this enjoyable book exposes the insightful lifetime conclusions of his author about Software Engineering Management. If you are searching for a formal study on that subject, search elsewhere. While you read this book, you will identify to yourself with the fictional reality-based cases presented here, and you will find practical advices on how deal with them.For new managers, this book will serve as a scenic-view of what to expect in the hardly recognized job of management in a software develop team. For old managers, this book could well save their careers, as expose some elemental but common mistakes done while they are trying to guess what is his position on his organization chart.After the first two boring chapters, the chapter 3 advice how to deal effectively with a freaked-out member of your team. The information on the next five chapters, about meetings, mandates, information flow and hard-to-understand language, are somewhat generic to management, but it is good they are exemplified using Software Engineering cases.I liked the practical chapter 9, where the author reveals his opinion on his own "Stop coding" previous advice for managers. Then, progressively explain why "Do not stop coding" is a better advice.More reviewed chapters to come...
chsbellboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Michael Lopp. With the bits of wit and humor typically expected in his work, "Managing Humans," provides an entertaining look at aspects of managing others in the software industry.
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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