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

  • 5h 39m 52s
  • Michael Lopp
  • Gildan Media
  • 2020

Listen to 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.

About the Author

Michael Lopp is a veteran engineering manager who has never managed to escape the Silicon Valley. In over 20 years of software development, Michael has worked at a variety of innovative companies, including Apple, Netscape, Symantec, Borland International, and a startup that slowly faded into nothingness. In addition to his day job, Michael writes a popular technology and management weblog under the nom de plume "Rands," where he discusses his management ideas, worries about staying relevant, and wishes he had time to see more of the world. His weblog can be found at Michael lives in northern California, never far from the ocean.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Don’t Be a Prick
  • Chapter 2 - Managers Are Not Evil
  • Chapter 3 - The Monday Freakout
  • Chapter 4 - Agenda Detection
  • Chapter 5 - Mandate Dissection
  • Chapter 6 - Information Starvation
  • Chapter 7 - Subtlety, Subterfuge, and Silence
  • Chapter 8 - Managementese
  • Chapter 9 - Technicality
  • Chapter 10 - Avoiding the Fez
  • Chapter 11 - Your Resignation Checklist
  • Chapter 12 - Saying No
  • Chapter 13 - 1.0
  • Chapter 14 - Taking Time to Think
  • Chapter 15 - The Soak
  • Chapter 16 - Malcolm Events
  • Chapter 17 - Capturing Contex
  • Chapter 18 - Status Reports 2.0
  • Chapter 19 - Trickle Theory
  • Chapter 20 - A Glimpse and a Hook
  • Chapter 21 - Nailing the Phone Screen
  • Chapter 22 - The Ninety-Day
  • Chapter 23 - Bellwethers
  • Chapter 24 - NADD
  • Chapter 25 - A Nerd in a Cave
  • Chapter 26 - Meeting Creatures
  • Chapter 27 - Incrementalists and Completionists
  • Chapter 28 - Organics and Mechanics
  • Chapter 29 - Inwards, Outwards, and Holistics
  • Chapter 30 - Free Electrons
  • Chapter 31 - Rules for the Reorg
  • Chapter 32 - Offshore Risk Factor
  • Chapter 33 - Joe Actual Conversation
  • Chapter 34 - Secret Titles