Books Slideshow: How to Know If Your Employees Are Management Material
By Dennis McCafferty | Posted 05-15-2012
Part of being a leader is mentoring the next generation of management and helping your teams advance professionally. In his new book "Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager (Apress/available in May), author Michael Lopp uses insight gained from 20 years in software development to help managers do their jobs better. He ponders why anyone would leave the safe world of "bits and bytes" for the messy world of overseeing people, and sheds light on what he thinks it takes to be an effective manager. Asking these questions can help CIOs and other senior executives evaluate whether their employees have the right stuff to climb the corporate ladder.
Lopp's technology career has taken him to companies including Apple, Netscape, Symantec and, as he puts it, "a startup that slowly faded into nothingness." Lopp is also the author of the technology and management blog Rands in Repose.