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by Michael Lopp

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Read this book a few years ago. Since it don`t remember anything from it, i give it a 2 star rating ( )
  maartekes | Jan 1, 2014 |
In Managing Humans - Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager, veteran software developer and manager Michael Lopp serves you the must-read a-typical management or leadership book. No models, theory only, or success stories here, but raw, personal stories on engaging nerds and managers in the conception, development and delivery of software products. If you consider yourself a project manager, team lead, software development manager, program manager or engaged in software projects, read this one along with other books and courses on leadership and management to tickle you en enrich your potential. In 44 short stories you'll learn how to lead geeks, detect nerds and conflicts, how to say no, manage your (own) boss and hire well. You'll discover what's the necessary core part of a resumé, how you can prepare a phone screen or your next meeting. Lopp's straightforward writing style, will make you smile and frowne on recognizing real-life situations and persons, humans by the way. The book covers handling conflict, time and features, the not-invented-here syndrome, both the dinosaur type software as well as the rookie project managers enthusiastically get trapped in the pitfalls we all create every single day. Personality types, buzz words, the crazy world of Silicon Valley or any software developer's cubicle around the world need your attention. Lopp's weblog and second book will help you build a lasting and more useful engineering culture. Writing code is easy. Managing humans is not. 18 chapters on the management quiver, 9 on the development and managerial processes and 15 on the people and roles involved in this all will help you. ( )
  hjvanderklis | Sep 3, 2012 |
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. ( )
  chsbellboy | Mar 25, 2012 |
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... ( )
  arturotena | Sep 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159059844X, Paperback)

Managing Humans is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopp's web site, Rands in Repose. Drawing on Lopp's management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, this book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other. 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 your future and your bank account.

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.

What you’ll learn

What to do when people start yelling at each other How to perform a diving save when the best engineer insists on resigning How to say "no" to the person who signs your paycheck

Who this book is for

This book is designed 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 bites 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.

Table of Contents

Don't Be a Prick Managers are Not Evil The Monday Freakout Agenda Detection Mandate Dissection Information Starvation Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence Managementese Technicality Avoiding the Fez Your Resignation Checklist Saying No 1.0 Taking Time to Think The Soak Malcolm Events Capturing Context Status Reports 2.0 Trickle Theory A Glimpse and a Hook Nailing the Phone Screen Ninety Days Bellwethers NADD A Nerd in a Cave Meeting Creatures Incrementalists and Completionists Organics and Mechanics Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics Free Electrons Rules for the Reorg Offshore Risk Factor Joe Secret Titles

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"This is a book of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other. 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 your future and your bank account." "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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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