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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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Overview

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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