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

Michael Lopp


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

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

  • Title: Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager
  • Author: Michael Lopp
  • ISBN: 9781590598443
  • Page: 377
  • Format: 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 incredibManaging 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.


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

I bought this book because I love the author's blog (randsinrepose). The blog is excellent, the book less so, probably because it's mostly a collection of his blog posts, which tend to work less well in book format. There is some attempt at organization but it feels very jumbled, oddly enough even more jumbled than the blog.

If you wish to scare the hell out of a software engineer, an obsessed introvert geek, give him a managerial position!! Management means dealing with people, become socially engaged and start relating to others in a non-technical manner. Trust me this is scarier than watching a paranormal movie when you are alone in the middle of the night!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 [...]

As a software engineering manager, I am exactly the target audience for Managing Humans. Overall I found it to be a helpful and easy to read book. Some of the chapters really resonated with me and he has some insightful thoughts on how people -- and particular engineers -- function, and what is needed to manage them effectively. 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 [...]

Fantastic book about the perils of managing smart, talented, socially retarded people. Michael Lopp doesn't pull any punches, and leaves no stones unturned in this software development guide. This, along with Peopleware & The Mythical Man Month should be required reading before anyone in software engineering can start working. Wonderful bookif you have ever worked in the tech industry this book will have you laughing, crying, and angry over what you have experienced.Well worth reading.n and [...]

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 proj [...]

Meh. It was okay.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 [...]

This book is filled interesting stories and anecdotes from the authors blog. I really enjoyed it reading it. It was both entertaining and insightful to hear the rants of an Engineering Manager. Since it's a collection of blog posts, the writing style is simple to read and the chapters are short, which makes it easy to digest and binge read.4 stars instead of 5, because the last half is a bit too preachy and not as well structured as the first.

Despite having read most chapters on his website, rereading them in book form was great. A lot of good information, cleverly conveyed.

What? A “management” book?! Wait. Wait. Wait. This book is different.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. Th [...]

A bit "I am a stereotypical white American male programmer whose glory days peaked in the mid-80's and here are my pet peeves about working in Silicon Valley"-esque But I can definitely derive value from the book. Unfortunately, the value had its climax mid-way in the book, and the latter half was far too myopic in perspective for me to feel like it was useful business advice that would apply anywhere in the world, for anyone, of any age, in any industry.However I do enjoy his writing, and even [...]

This is a very well written and practical narrative. The author (Michael Lopp) seems to truly care about managing people, rather than just trying to manipulate or force people to live by his rules and his schedule. I have been fortunate to know managers like the author, and they are worth listening to!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 [...]

Michael Lopp made a name for himself by blogging about engineering management under the pseudonym "Rands”. The book is more of a packaging of his best blog posts than a cohesive narrative. In our management book club, some people disagreed with Lopp’s opinions and conclusions, but we appreciated his efforts to answer “What does a software engineering manager do? What should they do?” Despite my initial objection, I found his descriptions of diametrically-opposed engineering personality a [...]

Its interesting to watch an author's transition from Blog World to Book World, and Rands (aka, apparantly, "Michael Lopp") makes the switch with 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.

Not enough structure nor powerful ideas. A jumbled collection of insights turned into cheesy office re-enactments, that unfortunately go some way to accepting and endorsing office politics. Some insights yes, but noise to signal ratio makes for a frustrating read. Pity, given Lopp's speaking skills, experience, and career.

Highly specialized advice for being an engineering manager in a modern software company. I found the punched-up writing style annoying, but it's probably preferable to the dry and self-help-ish tone found in most management books.

most management books are dry, this one is excellent with right mix of humor and information.

This is definitely one of the best books on the topic I've ever read.

One of those books to read every year. Fun. Wit. Wise!

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 [...]

It's always hard to review advice books, because it's easy to write advice that sounds good but doesn't actually work well in practice, and by the time you've had the practice you've often forgotten the book. That said, I really enjoyed reading this book, which is a major plus. It was very funny - not really in a laugh-out-loud way, but in the way that grabs and keeps your attention, like hearing a story from your most charismatic friend. I'm a long-time reader of the author's blog, so a lot of [...]

If you're in tech industry working with engineers, designers and anybody else building products, this books is highly recommended, especially if you:- 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 [...]

Hilarious and insightful, but wandering. 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 [...]

A slightly clunky collection of blog posts about management in the tech world, pulled together into book form. There are some good insights here — the chapter on how to lead a 1-on-1 meeting, for example — but it all feels rather jumbled, and the tone swings randomly between serious and jokey depending on the chapter, which is a bit jarring at points.Given that this is a tech-focused book, I was also disappointed to see little to no mention of agile methologies, and how that disrupts the tra [...]

I would have loved Michael Lopp as an engineering manager. He does understand the different roles everybody plays, he cares about well-being of his team, and, most importantly, brings more humanness to often overly rational topic. The book is filled with his tips how to be better at this and all of them seems to be pretty well grounded on his experience.I had two issues with the book though. First: most of the tips do not apply anywhere outside of IT company as they are specific to software deve [...]

4.5 starsI finished this book and thought "now I need to read it again and make notes". A compilation of blog posts, it still flows really well, with the added benefit of each chapter being short and to the point. The writing is witty and, as I work in IT, in my opinion, he knows his stuff. He's farther along the geek scale than I am, but I am enough on the nerd scale to understand some of the challenges he describes - and appreciate his practical advice! Even if you disagree with some of his me [...]

This book is filled with lots of generalisations, stereotypes and snide observations. I don't think nerd is a useful way to describe humans.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.

It's ok, there are several nuggets of information that could prove to be useful for a manager, but for someone like me, who's still a developer and hasn't transition to the management branch something a little more how-to-manage would have been more useful. I nevertheless enjoyed the book and think it's worth the read.

Similar to his other book, "Being Geek", this seems to be composed of his blog articles. The chapters are poorly named, so you'll have to remember what they mean if you'd like to jump back in for reference or particular advice.Similar to blog articles, I find it contains a bit too much "fluff". Then again, this is suppose to be about someone's fake journey through management.

My secret santa got this book for me, and I just finished it. The essays the book is based on are about 10 years old, so some of the references are a bit dated, but the stories are still very relatable. It's good to know the plight of a software manager is universal.

There aren't very many "biting and humorous tales" in here, but there is a lot of great work advice. It's Rands in book form. It was worth the read and enjoyable.


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