Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp
2016 | ISBN: 1484221575 | English | 331 pages | EPUB/AZW | 0.6 MB/0.5 MB
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 Lopps perennially popular blog, Rands in Repose. The Third Edition of Managing Humans contains a whole new season of episodes from the ongoing saga of Lopps adventures in Silicon Valley, together with classic episodes remastered for high fidelity and freshness.
Whether youre 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.
Lopps 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 shouldnt. But they are magically instructive and yield Lopps trenchant insights on leadership that cut to the heart of the matter―whether its 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 Youll Learn
How teams work
How to lead engineers
How to handle conflict
How to hire well
How to motivate employees
How to manage your boss
How to say no
How to understand different engineering personalities
How to build effective teams
How to handle stressed people freaking out
How to run a meeting well
How to scale teams
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 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.