Book Review: Managing Humans

I just finished reading Managing Humans by Michael Lopp.  It was a pretty good read.  I’ve never read his blog before picking up the book, but I will be tracking it going forward.  I saw the book as less of a “how to” manual for managing people and more of an analysis of how different types of people in the software development space think and work.

There are a couple of chapters with great recommendations for managers about keeping information flowing in organizations – both up and down the chain.  Having worked in environments where this constant flow of information was disrupted – either because of ignorance or malice – this is very important information for people who want to become good managers.

He also has some great career advice for people in the tech industry – how to work with various types of coworkers, how to resign from a job and so on.  Again – having seen some blowups in my day this is good advice – not just for managers but for anyone who wants to have an ongoing career in this space.

One thing I noticed was that Michael/Rands’ career has been spent in large software product shops as well as a venture-backed, software-based startup.  This colors his experiences and advice – which is to be expected.  While I was reading I did see how situations and organization structures might be different for folks working in in-house IT organizations.  This isn’t a criticism of the book – just a reflection of the author’s background and something to keep in mind.

Overall I thought this was a fun read and an interesting take on the folks who make the creation of software their living and I would recommend it.

I have been a big fan of a bunch of these Apress books on software development and I would recommend all of these as interesting reads.  I don’t always agree with everything the authors have to say, but I do believe that they have thought about things enough that they well-deserve their opinions.

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About Dan Cornell

A globally recognized application security expert, Dan Cornell holds over 15 years of experience architecting, developing and securing web-based software systems. As the Chief Technology Officer and a Principal at Denim Group, Ltd., he leads the technology team to help Fortune 500 companies and government organizations integrate security throughout the development process. He is also the original creator of ThreadFix, Denim Group's industry leading application vulnerability management platform.
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2 Responses to “Book Review: Managing Humans”

  1. Book Reader

    Interesting, I’m wondering if he takes a certain archetypal approach to defining people who work in software. Makes sense… I just wonder what archetypes he is using. Guess I’ll have to check it out. Thanks.

  2. rands

    Thank you for the insightful review.

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