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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager

Michael Lopp

Top 10 Best Quotes

“My definition of a great manager is someone with whom you can make a connection no matter where you sit in the organization chart.”

“One of your many jobs as manager is information conduit, and the rules are deceptively simple: for each piece of information you see, you must correctly determine who on your team needs that piece of information to do their job.”

“The difference between a manager who knows what’s going on in an organization and one who is a purely politically driven slimeball is thin. But I would take either of those over some passive manager who lets the organization happen to him.”

“in the absence of information, people will create their own.”

“Stay flexible, remember what it means to be an engineer, and don’t stop developing.”

“Reorganizations represent opportunity to those who are unhappy with the state of the current organization. As mentioned above, the moment stakeholders hear that there is a reorg brewing, they start working the grapevine to steer the course of the reorg in their favor. When you combine this fact with people’s love of gossip, you’re guaranteed a big, juicy, drawn-out reorganization.”

“Managers who don’t have a plan to talk to everyone on their team regularly are deluded.”

“Managers who don’t have a plan to talk to everyone on their team regularly are deluded. They believe they are going to learn what is going on in their group through some magical organizational osmosis and they won’t. Ideas will not be discovered, talent will be ignored, and the team will slowly begin to believe what they think does not matter, and the team is the company.”

“In order to manage human beings in the moment, you’ve got to be one.”

“I hired you because you’ve got enough skill and enough will to have my job one day … whether you want it or not.”

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