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Managing the Unmanageable Reader Meetup

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Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams

Join other engineering leaders and managers in discussing the most impactful books in our profession. Through our small-format book readings (limited to 8 people), each of us will have an opportunity to introduce ourselves and have a tangible impact in the conversation.


7:00pm - Introductions
7:15pm - Background on the Book & Author
7:20pm - Round-robin reflections on each chapter.
8:00pm - Open forum
8:30pm - Adjournment
Get the most of the meeting by bringing the the book in its entirety!

“Managing the Unmanageable is a well-written, must-have reference book for anyone serious about building sustainable software teams that consistently deliver high-quality solutions that meet expectations. It is loaded with incredibly useful and practical tips and tricks to deal with real-life situations commonly encountered by software managers anywhere in the world. It tearlessly peels back the onion layers of the process of managing software developers—whether a handful of co-located programmers or thousands dispersed across the world—through a balance of battle-tested approaches and keen understanding of the various personalities and backgrounds of software team members. Finally, a book on software engineering that focuses on the manager’s dilemma of making a team of programmers work efficiently together. Every single software manager should have it on their bookshelf.”

—Phac Le Tuan, CTO, Reepeet, and CEO, PaceWorks

“Becoming a great engineering leader requires more than technical know-how; Ron and Mickey’s book provides a practical cookbook for the important softer side of engineering leadership, which can be applied to any software development organization.”

—Paul Melmon, VP of Engineering, NICE Systems

“EXCELLENT. Well-structured, logical, filled with great personal color and many little gems. You guys have done a great job here. Terrific balance between theory and practice, rich with info.”

—Joe Kleinschmidt, CTO and cofounder, Leverage Software

“I started reading the nuggets section and it took fewer than four pages to improve my thinking. What struck me about the nuggets was that I could sense the genesis of this book: two masters of their craft learning from each other. Most books feel like a teacher describing a sterile version of what ‘ought to be done’ that leaves you wondering, ‘Will this work in the “real world”?’ Reading the nuggets felt like the sort of guidance that I would get from a trusted mentor. A mentor who I not only trusted, but one who trusted me to take the wisdom, understand its limits, and apply it correctly. It’s concentrated like a Reader’s Digest for technical management wisdom.”

—Mike Fauzy, President and CTO, 1stMediCall LLC

“Managing the Unmanageable is a great collection of sometimes-obvious and sometimes-not-obvious guidance for software managers. I wish that I had had this book when I first started managing teams, and it still is illuminating. For programmers who step into management, the hardest thing is to learn the soft skills. Ron and Mickey do a great job of illustrating not just the why but also the how.”

—Bill Hofmann, Vice President of Engineering,

“Unique dialogue around the human aspects of software development that is very much overdue.”

—Mark Friedman, CEO and founder, GreenAxle Solutions