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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


Who This Book Is 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.


Table of contents :

Front Matter….Pages i-xiii
Front Matter….Pages 1-1
Don’t Be a Prick….Pages 3-5
Managers Are Not Evil….Pages 7-17
Stables and Volatiles….Pages 19-24
The Rands Test….Pages 25-32
How to Run a Meeting….Pages 33-37
The Twinge….Pages 39-43
The Update, the Vent, and the Disaster….Pages 45-51
The Monday Freakout….Pages 53-56
Lost in Translation….Pages 57-61
Agenda Detection….Pages 63-68
Dissecting the Mandate….Pages 69-73
Information Starvation….Pages 75-79
Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence….Pages 81-85
Managementese….Pages 87-89
You’re Not Listening….Pages 91-94
Fred Hates the Off-Site….Pages 95-102
A Different Kind of DNA….Pages 103-106
An Engineering Mindset….Pages 107-111
Tear It Down….Pages 113-117
Titles Are Toxic….Pages 119-123
Front Matter….Pages 1-1
Front Matter….Pages 125-129
1.0….Pages 131-131
The Process Myth….Pages 133-141
How to Start….Pages 143-147
Taking Time to Think….Pages 149-153
The Value of the Soak….Pages 155-161
Capturing Context….Pages 163-167
Trickle Theory….Pages 169-172
When the Sky Falls….Pages 173-178
Hacking Is Important….Pages 179-185
Entropy Crushers….Pages 187-191
Front Matter….Pages 193-198
Bored People Quit….Pages 199-200
Bellwethers….Pages 201-206
The Ninety-Day Interview….Pages 207-211
Managing Nerds….Pages 213-217
NADD….Pages 219-225
A Nerd in a Cave….Pages 227-231
Meeting Creatures….Pages 233-237
Incrementalists and Completionists….Pages 239-244
Organics and Mechanics….Pages 245-248
Front Matter….Pages 249-254
Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics….Pages 199-200
The Wolf….Pages 255-258
Free Electrons….Pages 259-260
The Old Guard….Pages 261-264
Rules for the Reorg….Pages 265-269
An Unexpected Connection….Pages 271-275
Avoiding the Fez….Pages 277-279
A Glimpse and a Hook….Pages 281-287
Nailing the Phone Screen….Pages 289-294
Your Resignation Checklist….Pages 295-299
Shields Down….Pages 301-305
Chaotic, Beautiful Snowflakes….Pages 307-310
Back Matter….Pages 311-314
….Pages 315-331

Product information

Publisher‏:‎Apress; 3rd ed. edition (July 26, 2016)
Paperback‏:‎344 pages
Item Weight‏:‎1.18 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎6.1 x 0.79 x 9.25 inches

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