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Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook

by Michael Lopp

O'Reilly Media | August 13, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

As a software engineer, you recognize at some point that there's much more to your career than dealing with code. Is it time to become a manager? Tell your boss he’s a jerk? Join that startup? Author Michael Lopp recalls his own make-or-break moments with Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Netscape, and Symantec inBeing Geek-- an insightful and entertaining book that will help you make better career decisions.

With more than 40 standalone stories, Lopp walks through a complete job life cycle, starting with the job interview and ending with the realization that it might be time to find another gig. Many books teach you how to interview for a job or how to manage a project successfully, but only this book helps you handle the baffling circumstances you may encounter throughout your career.

  • Decide what you're worth with the chapter on "The Business"
  • Determine the nature of the miracle your CEO wants with "The Impossible"
  • Give effective presentations with "How Not to Throw Up"
  • Handle liars and people with devious agendas with "Managing Werewolves"
  • Realize when you should be looking for a new gig with "The Itch"

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 338 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.71 in

Published: August 13, 2010

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0596155409

ISBN - 13: 9780596155407

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invaluable and Entertaining In "Being Geek", Michael Lopp unleashes a firehose of advice on navigating a career in software engineering and management. The book is organized in four sections. "A Career Playbook" engages the reader as they transition into a new job, or perhaps an entirely new career. The author provides deep insight into managers' and recruiters' thinking, and explores the reader's mindset to help them make better decisions. In "Deconstructing Management", Lopp describes the types of personalities that engineers and managers typically encounter in the workplace, and breaks down their actions, motivations and intentions. This is the longest and most detailed section of the book, and likely the one that readers will revisit most often as they try to make sense of the people they work with. "Your Daily Toolkit" opens with a brutally honest, but very funny "Nerd Handbook" that is designed to help the reader's significant other understand the geek they have chosen to be with. The rest of the section covers the day to day reality of the job, from task management to choosing tools to surviving presentations. Finally, "Your Next Gig" returns more or less to where the book started, describing the failure of an organization and the resulting transition to another new job. Throughout, the author maintains a humorous, colloquial, often conversational writing style that makes "Being Geek" a very entertaining read as well as an invaluable resource.
Date published: 2010-08-31

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Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook

by Michael Lopp

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 338 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.71 in

Published: August 13, 2010

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0596155409

ISBN - 13: 9780596155407

Table of Contents

  • Praise for Being Geek
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • A CAREER PLAYBOOK
    • Chapter 1: How to Win
    • Chapter 2: A List of Three
    • Chapter 3: The Itch
    • Chapter 4: The Sanity Check
    • Chapter 5: The Nerves
    • Chapter 6: The Button
    • Chapter 7: The Business
  • DECONSTRUCTING MANAGEMENT
    • Chapter 8: The Culture Chart
    • Chapter 9: Managing Managers
    • Chapter 10: The Issue with the Doof
    • Chapter 11: The Leaper
    • Chapter 12: The Enemy
    • Chapter 13: The Impossible
    • Chapter 14: Knee Jerks
    • Chapter 15: A Deep Breath
    • Chapter 16: Gaming the System
    • Chapter 17: Managing Werewolves
    • Chapter 18: BAB
    • Chapter 19: Your People
    • Chapter 20: Wanted
    • Chapter 21: The Toxic Paradox
    • Chapter 22: The Pond
  • YOUR DAILY TOOLKIT
    • Chapter 23: The Nerd Handbook
    • Chapter 24: The Taste of the Day
    • Chapter 25: The Trickle List
    • Chapter 26: The Crisis and the Creative
    • Chapter 27: The Foamy Rules for Rabid Tools
    • Chapter 28: Up to Nothing
    • Chapter 29: How to Not Throw Up
    • Chapter 30: Out Loud
    • Chapter 31: Bits, Features, and Truth
    • Chapter 32: The Reveal
  • YOUR NEXT GIG
    • Chapter 33: The Screw-Me Scenario
    • Chapter 34: No Surprises
    • Chapter 35: A Deliberate Career
    • Chapter 36: The Curse of the Silicon Valley
    • Chapter 37: A Disclosure
    • Chapter 38: Mind the Gap
    • Chapter 39: The Exodus
    • Chapter 40: Bad News About Your Bright Future
    • Hurry
    • The Rules of Back Alley Bridge
  • Colophon

From the Publisher

As a software engineer, you recognize at some point that there's much more to your career than dealing with code. Is it time to become a manager? Tell your boss he’s a jerk? Join that startup? Author Michael Lopp recalls his own make-or-break moments with Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Netscape, and Symantec inBeing Geek-- an insightful and entertaining book that will help you make better career decisions.

With more than 40 standalone stories, Lopp walks through a complete job life cycle, starting with the job interview and ending with the realization that it might be time to find another gig. Many books teach you how to interview for a job or how to manage a project successfully, but only this book helps you handle the baffling circumstances you may encounter throughout your career.

  • Decide what you're worth with the chapter on "The Business"
  • Determine the nature of the miracle your CEO wants with "The Impossible"
  • Give effective presentations with "How Not to Throw Up"
  • Handle liars and people with devious agendas with "Managing Werewolves"
  • Realize when you should be looking for a new gig with "The Itch"

About the Author

Michael Lopp is a Silicon Valley-based engineering manager. When he's not worrying about staying relevant, he writes about pens, bridges, people, and werewolves at the popular weblog, Rands in Repose. Michael wrote a book called "Managing Humans" which explains that while you might be rewarded for what you produce, you will only be successful because of your people.