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" . . . offer[s] many useful and practical tips. . . . not a book intended for skimmming . . . should be read from cover to cover." -- Michelle Collins, CanadaOne

"Nothing is more difficult than managing people. Dr. Peeling's new book will make the job a lot easier. . ." -- Al Ries, Co-author of The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing and The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

"The kind of book that I look forward to seeing on my nightstand after a long day at work." -- Will Tracz, ACM Software Engineering Notes

 ". . . if you're a front-line manager . . . you can learn a lot from this book. You should buy and read it." -- Richard Mateosian, IEEE Micro

About the Author

Nic Peeling has a doctorate in computing from Oxford and is an award-winning software researcher at QinetiQ, originally part of the Ministry of Defence and now one of Europe's largest science and technology research organizations. After moving from research to management in 1989, he now consults on technical, marketing, and management issues and develops technical briefings for the Ministry of Defence and others.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The aspect of this text that originally drew my attention was that it is published by Dorset House, which has still yet to disappoint after reading several of their books, including "Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects", by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, as well as "The Secrets of Consulting: A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully" and "More Secrets of Consulting: The Consultant's Tool Kit", both by Gerald M. Weinberg (see my reviews for all of these books). However, I admittedly was not sure what to expect from this text, even though it is subtitled "Practical Advice for the Front-Line Manager", because of the name "Dr. Peeling" within the title, a name of which I was not familiar.

Like me, the author works in a technical field, and although Peeling presents his management principles from the perspective of managing technical people, these principles can be applied to non-technical fields as well. Potential readers might want to keep in mind that this book is intended to be practical. The author explains in his introduction that after being thrust into management, he came up empty handed while searching for books that explain the basic theory and practice of management. "What I did not find were books that encapsulated best practice for someone facing management responsibilities for the first time. By the time I found such a book, I was well into my management career and had learned enough to know that I did not agree with much of what it contained."

The content of this book follows the journey of the author through management, and seeks to present what the author wishes he had known when he first found himself in a management role.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 8, 2003
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I have done my share of manager bashing, both those I have worked under and in IT in general. However, in their defense, a manager of software development has one of the most difficult jobs there is. To be successful, not only do they have to understand the mundane details of filling in the forms, kissing the appropriate body parts of superiors and all the other details of greasing the process, but they also must know a great deal about software development. Developers are also a difficult group to handle, while some of it is on the par of an urban legend, the stories of their quirks and eccentricities are only slightly exaggerated. Finally, the range of skills between developers is probably greater than that in any other area. Some anecdotal evidence is that the best are thirty times better than the worst, but the most believable is that the ratio is ten times better. Given all this baggage, no wonder managers are strained and they are blamed for project failures.
While Peeling has a doctorate in computing and is a manager of software developers, most of the advice can also be applied to other managerial scenarios. Independent of the context, it all comes down to the people being managed and what they can do. Even though one can buy new tools and go through many gyrations to reduce cost, the best way to increase the numbers on the bottom line is to get more out of the current human assets. That does not always mean working them more hours, but getting more out of the hours they work. Peeling describes many ways to do this, demonstrating a practical sense that all good managers possess in abundance. The best managers know when to mold `em and know when to scold `em and Peeling is clearly an expert in making that type of choice.
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This is a great book for new front-line managers (or managers of new front-line managers). It looks at the job from a number of angles. Readers a given a foundation of what leadership is followed by examination of the roles and duties of the front-line manager. The author uses character and principles as the foundation for his philosophy on management.

In this book, one can find practical advice for things ranging from managing staff and project manangement to customer interaction. Having spent two years as a front-line manager before being promoted, I can say that what Dr. Peeling has written rings true based on my experience. I also really liked that he gives not only the what, but the why as well. It is an excellent experience based guide that people can return to as the need arises.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Savage on March 20, 2003
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It does 'exactly what it says on the tin' - giving practical and down to earth advice for managers, whilst insightfully highlighting the main issues.
Essential reading for new and experienced managers. My only question is why has no-one written something like this before?
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 11, 2003
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Dr. Peeling's Principles of Management: Practical Advice For The Front-Line Manager by Nic Peeling is a practical survival guide for the tenacious transition of learning how to become a manager. Ranging from practical advice on determining salaries; to handling key team members, under-performing team members, and low-value, high-maintenance team members; to various project management styles and roles; and more, Dr. Peeling's Principles of Management is a sound and "reader friendly" primer which is particularly recommended for the novice manager.
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