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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_1

1. Don’t Be a Prick

Be a human

Michael Lopp

(1)Los Gatos, California, USA

The beauty of writing for the web is that there really is no plan. I have the luxury to mentally fumble about with any topic. Over the years, those topics have focused on engineering management , and with the publication of each article, I increasingly received the email asking, “Where’s the book?” Yeah, so, I’d always wanted to publish a book, but there’s a problem. What’s the pitch? Be a good manager? Zzzzzzzzz. I needed a compelling truth that elegantly tied all of my reposings together.

Flash back to the middle of the late-90s dot-com implosion. We, the merry crew of a failing startup, are drinking ...

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