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 seaso
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
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
Well worth reading...a ...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
4 stars instead of 5, because the last half is a bit too preachy and not as well structured as the first.
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
However I do enjoy his writing, and ev ...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
I attribute most of my success as a manager and mentor to individual engineers and teams of engineers to following the ad ...more
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.
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.
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
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
- want to learn new Silicon valley lingo (e.g. chaotic beautiful snowflakes,
- want to get honest answers spiced up with some personal character (e.g. 'because staying sane is more important than staying busy').
- want to learn proper people management (' Your manage is not a manager until he participated in a layoff)
- want to run your meetings more ...more
General intent is a collection of first hand experiences and anecdotes from twenty-odd years of working in technology, more specifically in management. Since this is where I sit, there’s a lot of overlap in our experiences and some overlap in our methods.
I struggled about mid-way through as the snark level could be high, and the generalizations could sometimes be unkind and a bit too p ...more
While this was, in many ways, a helpful and interesting read, it was occasionally frustrating in its organization. There didn't seem to be any chronological or even base-concept flow to the chapters, and it seemed as though the book wasn't always sure who it was talking to - managers of engineers? engineers who have managers? anyone looking to start a startup?
That said, those parts of the book that did fee relevant to someone who is a manager (of any kin ...more
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