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

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Apress, Jul 26, 2016 - Business & Economics - 331 pages
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Read hilarious stories with serious lessons that Michael Lopp extracts from his varied and sometimes bizarre experiences as a manager at Apple, Pinterest, Palantir, Netscape, Symantec, Slack, and Borland. Many of the stories first appeared in primitive form in Lopp’s perennially popular blog, Rands in Repose. The Third Edition of Managing Humans contains a whole new season of episodes from the ongoing saga of Lopp's adventures in Silicon Valley, together with classic episodes remastered for high fidelity and freshness.

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 amid the general craziness of dysfunctional bright people caught up in the chase of riches and power. Scattered in repose among these manic misfits are managers, an even stranger breed of people who, through a mystical organizational ritual, have been given power over the futures and the bank accounts of many others.

Lopp's straight-from-the-hip style is unlike that of any other writer on management and leadership. He pulls no punches and tells stories he probably shouldn't. But they are magically instructive and yield Lopp’s trenchant insights on leadership that 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.

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

What You'll Learn
  • Lead engineers
  • Handle conflict
  • Hire well
  • Motivate employees
  • Manage your boss
  • Discover how to say no
  • Understand different engineering personalities
  • Build effective teams
  • Run a meeting well
  • Scale teams
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. The book covers handling conflict, managing wildly differing personality types, infusing innovation into insane product schedules, and figuring out how to build a lasting and useful engineering culture.
 

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User Review  - chsbellboy - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - arturotena - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
2
The Management Quiver
3
The Process Is The Product
130
Versions of You
199
Glossary
315
Index
325
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About the author (2016)

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 RandsinRepose.com. Michael lives in northern California, never far from the ocean.