Read hilarious stories with serious lessons that Michael Lopp extracts from his varied and sometimes bizarre experiences managing humans at many of the. Managing Humans Introduction Site. that while they might be great with bits. They still needed to figure out how to Manage Humans. Rands in Meadow. Source code for ‘Managing Humans’ by Michael Lopp. Contribute to Apress/ managing-humans development by creating an account on GitHub.

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Jul 20, Murzic rated it really liked it Shelves: If you wish to scare the hell out of a software engineer, an obsessed introvert geek, give him a managerial manzging 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 around me ever existed.

I attribute most of my success as a manager and mentor to individual engineers and teams of engineers to following the ad Lopp uses stories very well to make his points an approach he uses during his live talks as well.

It is a place full of dysfunctional bright people who are in an incredib Managing Humans is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopp ‘s web site, Rands in Repose. 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.

Managing Humans – An Introduction

This post gives a quick overview of what I learned, with more details to be found in this PDF. I like his advices on resumes and hiring, meetings specially the long-killer-WTF-I’m-doing-here where Chatty-Patty and Mr-Irrelevant are driving you nuts and you reached number on the ways on how to whack your boss just at micjael first 5 minutes, nerds and managign, one-on-ones and managing conflicts.


However I do enjoy his writing, and ev A bit “I am a stereotypical white American male programmer whose glory days peaked in the mid’s and here are my pet peeves about working in Silicon Valley”-esque 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.


I believe the topics we chew on on this oddly shaped corner of the Internet are increasingly important. I’ve kept whipping the book out week after week and quoting it to people until their eyes glaze over, though I’ve eased off now.

Many of the metaphors and stories are specifically about software engineering, but the principles should mostly generalize. If you have a manager mchael work, you should read this.

Adam 6 years ago. Charles Ying 6 years ago. Concepts Plays Why engineers seem to hate process How to get started 1.

After reading it cover to cover, and re-reading some chapters multiple times, I came back to buy a bunch more copies to give to friends. No trivia michsel quizzes yet.

Book review: Managing Humans by Michael Lopp | Confessions of a Curator, Editor, Geek

However, I will be integrating his thoughts into my own well-developed perspective on how to be a manager, not just following his advice and tips blindly. Yes, like previous books, much of this work has already been michale on the blog, but I believe there is a substantive difference to reading these chapters as a collection rather than individually.

I ordered this from Amazon the day this post went up and its great! Read this on the recommendation of Kevin Sonney from the Productivity Alchemy podcast. Michawl 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.


The anecdotes and characters within them felt genuine and familiar. Mar 02, Elly rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, I recommend the book if you are an engineer or work with engineers. A jumbled collection of insights turned into cheesy office re-enactments, that unfortunately go some way to accepting and endorsing office politics. Michael Lopp has done this a couple of times and has plenty of advice to dispense as a result.

Despite all of that it is still worth reading for the insights lo;p packs. May 10, Scott rated it it was amazing. Dec 04, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 29, Amy rated it it was amazing Recommended to Amy by: I’m a long-time reader of the author’s blog, so a lot of the concepts and stories weren’t new to me, but they’re engagingly told and the advice is woven well with the anecdotes.

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

Jun 14, Nabil rated it really liked it. 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.

Laughter is often the by-product of these observations, but so too is the hard silence found after the discovery of an uncomfortable truth. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Many of the existing chapters have had managiing editing pass for both errors and clarity.

Can we have an article on the blog on what chapters you cut and why?