Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager 3rd ed. Edition
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“I can very warmly recommend this book to anyone who already works in a software engineering management position--whatever level--or who thinks about a career in this direction. It will be entertaining for software engineers as well, at least for understanding how these management beings think and why they might do what they are doing. … Finally, it will be a fun read for anyone who has just some vague understanding of this management thing.” (Frank Pospiech, Computing Reviews, February, 2017)
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The book appears to be a collection of blog posts or small articles from the author’s experience as an engineering manager. There’s a lot of oversimplification and generalizations in its pages and perhaps that’s why I didn’t find it easy to identify with author’s perspective in many of its chapters.
That being said, it is very obvious the author does have a lot of experience as a manager. The book does contain some sort of raw “street” wisdom and I found a few valuable, or at least, interesting stories, here and there, scattered throughout its pages. I also enjoyed the author’s direct and uncensored style of writing.
Not among the best books I’ve read this year, but it wasn’t an entire waste of time either. I did learn a thing or two.
No matter where you are in your career, read this book. As an employee, you'll understand your boss and other teams. As a leader, you'll understand your role a little better and probably pick a few nuggets up.
Top international reviews
This book is my version of the scrub. The chapters are short and only tangentially related, but reading each one gives me a spark of inspiration about my management style and my team, and often I run away from it to immediately jump back into work.
I highly recommend for any new software managers or engineers who are making the jump over.
- Some chapters were ramblings
- Initial chapters were more interesting and then start getting boring
- really managing people, or even better, leading them
- relate to your new peers in efficient ways
- get stuff done, without burning out
I'm slowly introducing 1on1 and other practices described in the book and other teams in our company are doing the same.
Best read together with the book "Accelerate. Building ans scaling high performing technology organizations"