Managing Humans is a selection of the best essays from Michael Lopps web site, Rands In Repose. Drawing on Lopps management experiences at Apple, Netscape, Symantec, and Borland, this book is full of stories based on companies in the Silicon Valley where people have been known to yell at each other. It is a place full of dysfunctional bright people who are in an incredible hurry to find the next big thing so they can strike it rich and then do it all over again. Among these people are managers, a strange breed of people who through a mystical organizational ritual have been given power over your future and your bank account. Whether you are an aspiring manager, a current manager, or just wondering what the heck a manager does all day, there is a story in this book that will speak to you.
Michael Lopp is a veteran engineering manager who has never managed to escape the Silicon Valley. In over 15 years of software development, Michael has worked at a variety of innovative companies including Apple Computer, Netscape Communications, Symantec Corporation, Borland International, and a startup that slowly faded into nothingness. In addition to his day job, Michael writes a popular technology and management weblog under the nom de plume Rands, where he discusses his management ideas, worries about staying relevant, and wishes he had time to see more of the world. His weblog can be found at http//www.randsinrespose.com. Michael lives in Northern California, never far from the ocean.