Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager
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 sea
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I'm starting a managerial position and this scares the hell out of me since I'm no longer able to hide in my cave, put the headset and ignore that everything a ...more
Well worth reading...again ...more
However, some of his chapters really did not resonate with me and almost turned me off from the book. He has a few chapters where he describes the characteristics of "ne ...more
There were a few places where I laughed out loud, and a few where I exclaimed, "That's so true!"
But I found myself wanting more in-depth analysis about how to fix it when I find myself in biting and humorous situations like these. And there are some recommendations that make sense. But I still found myself wanting more, not because I came to the book expecting the answers to all software development woes, but because some of the observations seemed so insightful that I just star ...more
However I do enjoy his writing, and ev ...more
4 stars instead of 5, because the last half is a bit too preachy and not as well structured as the first.
The last few chapters were just stereotypes about different kinds of people, which contradicts with what the author actually mentions at the last chapter, about "unique snowflakes". Still a great book.
I first found this in the Management/Business section of a bookstore, started idly flipping through it and then realized I was standing in the same spot 30minutes later intensely reading. So I bought it. The 1st edition was only ~200 pages, in compact standalone chapters collected from a series of blogposts. The 2nd edition was almost 300 pages, and just as good. Oh, and it’s written in a readable, down to earth style. This mak ...more
I kept a piece of paper and a pen handy while reading this book, because Lopp often put into words what I felt, but hadn't found words for.
I am new to the software industry, so this book helped me ...more
Very solid approach to laying out management skills and tricks for people who are from technical/engineering backgrounds. I don't know that I actually found it that biting or humorous, but the simple explanations of why managers and processes are :necessary: for organizations larger than 20 people and the approaches to managing the information that managers have to be a conduit for (in multiple directions) was ...more
I attribute most of my success as a manager and mentor to individual engineers and teams of engineers to following the ad ...more
fuck, I was trying to write a quick little blurb and I got distracted and lost my train of thought.
The book was ok, the blog is better, I like Rands. Done.
Despite all of that it is still worth reading for the insights it packs. A lot of that insight should be familiar if you read Rands's weblog but it's still useful to have everything together.
This is not a book of management theory, or planning methodologies, or partic ...more
Let me say that e-mail is never ever ever never ever the right way to resolve controversy. Too much subtlety is lost when you’re YELLING IN ALL CAPS at your program manager. Don’t waste your time solving problems in e-mail. Stand up. Walk down the hall. And look the person in the eye. You’ll live longer.
There are jokes and there’s wit. Jokes are memorized comedy retold with moxie. Wit is original comedy created in real time and delivered with precise timing. Nerds are witty because they connect ...more
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