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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_3

3. Stables and Volatiles

There are two builders you need in the build

Michael Lopp

(1)Los Gatos, California, USA

Stephen was a hired gun at my first startup. His contract started a year before I arrived, but he was long gone before I walked in the door. The story goes that when Stephen started, he found a small, solid team of five engineers, a QA lead, and a project manager. They were slowly and steadily going . . . nowhere. After two weeks of watching the team’s slug-like pace, Stephen was fed up.

Stephen, a guy we hired as a temporary contractor to tidy up our database layer, grabbed the greenest of engineers, moved into the ping-pong room, and told the engineer, “We ...

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