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

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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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 331 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 18.29mm | 534g
  • Berkley, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd ed.
  • 3 Illustrations, black and white; XIII, 331 p. 3 illus.
  • 1484221575
  • 9781484221570
  • 12,672

Table of contents

PART I The Management Quiver

Chapter 1 Don't Be a Prick

Chapter 2 Managers Are Not Evil

Chapter 3 Stables and Volatiles

Chapter 4 The Rands Test

Chapter 5 How to Run a Meeting

Chapter 6 The Twinge

Chapter 7 The Update, the Vent, and the Disaster

Chapter 8 The Monday Freakout

Chapter 9 Lost in Translation

Chapter 10 Agenda Detection

Chapter 11 Dissecting the Mandate

Chapter 12 Information Starvation

Chapter 13 Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence

Chapter 14 Managementese

Chapter 15 You're Not Listening

Chapter 16 Fred Hates the Off-Site

Chapter 17 A Different Kind of DNA

Chapter 18 An Engineering Mindset

Chapter 19 Tear It Down

Chapter 20 Titles are Toxic

Chapter 21 Saying No

PART II The Process is the Product

Chapter 22 1.0

Chapter 23 The Process Myth

Chapter 24 How to Start

Chapter 25 Taking Time to Think

Chapter 26 The Value of the Soak

Chapter 27 Capturing Context

Chapter 28 Trickle Theory

Chapter 29 When the Sky Falls

Chapter 30 Hacking Is Important

Chapter 31 Entropy Crushers

PART III Versions of You

Chapter 32 Bored People Quit

Chapter 33 Bellwethers

Chapter 34 The Ninety-Day Interview

Chapter 35 Managing Nerds

Chapter 36 NADD

Chapter 37 A Nerd in a Cave

Chapter 38 Meeting Creatures

Chapter 39 Incrementalists and Completionists

Chapter 40 Organics and Mechanics

Chapter 41 Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics

Chapter 42 The Wolf

Chapter 43 Free Electrons

Chapter 44 The Old Guard

Chapter 45 Rules for the Reorg

Chapter 46 An Unexpected Connection

Chapter 47 Avoiding the Fez

Chapter 48 A Glimpse and a Hook

Chapter 49 Nailing the Phone Screen

Chapter 50 Your Resignation Checklist

Chapter 51 Shields Down

Chapter 52 Chaotic Beautiful Snowflakes

Glossary
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Review Text

"I can very warmly recommend this book to anyone who already works in a software engineering management position--whatever level--or who thinks about a career in this direction. It will be entertaining for software engineers as well, at least for understanding how these management beings think and why they might do what they are doing. ... Finally, it will be a fun read for anyone who has just some vague understanding of this management thing." (Frank Pospiech, Computing Reviews, February, 2017)
"The book is a witty, hilarious, and insightful look into what it takes to manage people in a software engineering firm. ... this is a great book for managers in any arena, but especially those who work in software engineering. It provides a comprehensive set of tools in the form of bite-sized chapters that can help any manager improve her relationships with subordinates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers through professionals." (A. Dantes, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)
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"I can very warmly recommend this book to anyone who already works in a software engineering management position--whatever level--or who thinks about a career in this direction. It will be entertaining for software engineers as well, at least for understanding how these management beings think and why they might do what they are doing. ... Finally, it will be a fun read for anyone who has just some vague understanding of this management thing." (Frank Pospiech, Computing Reviews, February, 2017)

"The book is a witty, hilarious, and insightful look into what it takes to manage people in a software engineering firm. ... this is a great book for managers in any arena, but especially those who work in software engineering. It provides a comprehensive set of tools in the form of bite-sized chapters that can help any manager improve her relationships with subordinates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers through professionals." (A. Dantes, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)
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About Michael Lopp

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.
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