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Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager, Second Edition by Michael Lopp

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Rules for the Reorg

You’ve been here.

It’s after 10 p.m. and you get a random e-mail from your boss saying, “We need to talk.” No additional data except for a meeting proposal that shows up 30 seconds later entitled “Re: Needing to Talk.” You sit staring at the screen, wondering what could be up. No rumors of layoffs are in the air; the company is doing fine. You can’t think of anything you’ve done, said, or written that merits a managerial follow-up, so what’s the deal?

By the time the meeting shows up the next day, you’ve been stewing for a good 12 hours, which means you’ve reflected on every single thing you’ve done for the past six months ...

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