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

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© Michael Lopp 2016

Michael Lopp, Managing Humans, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2158-7_14

14. Managementese

The language you use defines your leadership

Michael Lopp

(1)Los Gatos, California, USA

One of my teams is facing a big, fat decision regarding future product direction, and the process has split the team in half: the Yes We Shoulds and the No Way in Hells. The manager of the team is facing a rebellion and is spending much of his time trying to drive the team toward a decision.

I walked by his office, where he was talking with one of the No Way in Hells, trying to influence her to come over to the other side of the fence. I overheard a snippet of his conversation: “I think it’s a key decision and I’m asking you to think outside of the box . . .”

I cringed. ...

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