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Managing Humans

Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

Authors: Lopp, Michael

  • Practical help in the form of humorous and biting anecdotes designed for managers, or anyone facing the role of "manager," and wondering why they would ever leave the safe world of bits and bytes for the messy world of managing humans.

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About this book

The humor and insights in the 2nd Edition of Managing Humans are drawn from Michael Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, among others. This book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other and occasionally throw chairs. 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 the future and bank accounts of many others. 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—and help you survive and prosper amongst the general craziness.

Lopp's straight-from-the-hip style is unlike any other writer on management. He pulls no punches and tells stories he probably shouldn't. But they are massively instructive and cut to the heart of the matter whether it's dealing with your boss, handling a slacker, hiring top guns, or seeing a knotty project through to completion.

This second editions expands on the management essentials. It will explain why we hate meetings, but must have them, it carefully documents the right way to have a 1-on-1, and it documents the perils of not listening to your team.

Writing code is easy. Managing humans is not. You need a book to help you do it, and this is it.

About the authors

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, Netscape, Symantec, 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. His weblog can be found at RandsinRepose.com. Michael lives in northern California, never far from the ocean.

Table of contents (44 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Humans
Book Subtitle
Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Apress
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-4315-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-4315-1
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
IX, 292
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