The Update, the Vent, and the Disaster

Business is noisy.

Business is full of people worrying loudly about projects, process, and other people. These people have opinions and they share them all over the place, all the time. This collective chatter is part of the daily regimen of a healthy business, but this chatter will bury the individual voice unless someone pays attention. And paying attention is best done in a one-on-one with the people you manage.

Your job in a one-on-one is to give the smallest voice a chance to be heard, and I start with a question: “How are you?”

The Basics

Before we start, let’s go over the basic rules I follow regarding ...

Get Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager, Second Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience books, live events, courses curated by job role, and more from O’Reilly and nearly 200 top publishers.