cover of the book: Managing the Unmanageable The Book: Managing the Unmanageable

Other-Language Editions
     Chinese Traditional (Sept. 2013)
     Chinese Simplified (in progress)
     Korean (in progress)

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Managing the Unmanageable:

Rules, Tools, and Insights for
Managing Software People and Teams

by Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty

Addison Wesley, publishers
Paperback: 450 pages

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The authors: Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty

Excerpts , Interviews , Talks , Articles , Reviews , Blog Posts , Slidesets

Most of what we do is consulting - helping teams and their managers and executives transform chaos to clarity and make product development "hum." As part of our consulting practices, Ron teaches teams to be agile, and we both teach managers to manage software people and teams.

Much of the rest of what we do is writing - from our book (Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, now in its second printing), to the annual Study of Product Team Performance that Ron also coauthors, to blogging and articles.

When our publisher, Addison Wesley, was solicited for management video training by O'Reilly's Safari library, we entirely re-thought and re-worked our book for video delivery, then spent a week in Pearson’s recording studio, followed by round after round of video editing, to emerge with ten hours, ten topics, 84 learning lessons to our LiveLessons: Managing Software People and Teams,

We also regularly present talks and one-, two-, and three-day workshops around the world, some of which are public. This page leads off with those that are upcoming. Some of the talks - and some of the interviews we've done - have been captured on video or audio. So if watching or listening is a medium you enjoy, check out the video and audio recordings of interviews we've done and the videos of talks we've given. We sometimes repeat talks, so you may find several video versions of some talks to choose from. We've also put links to most of the slidesets themselves.

Upcoming Presentations

   Ron is presenting at Agile Trends and Leadership Mon, Apr. 17: Teamwork: Making Your Dream Team Come True

Upcoming Public Classes

Excerpts from the Book

         cover of the book: Managing the Unmanageable
          logo: IT Knowledge Exchange

Interviews: Videos

Interviews: Audio

Interviews: Print

Talks: Video

  Synerzip webinar: If We’re Agile, Why Do We Need Managers? by Ron on Thurs, March 17, 2016 (also see Slidesets, below, for the slides)
  Talk: Product Owners: How to Get Your Development Team to Love You, by Ron, at ProductTank/SF, on Thurs, Nov. 12, 2015 (also see Slidesets, below, for the slides)

Articles

      logo: Fast Company magazine
  logo: Fast Company magazine

Reviews

       logo: bcs, The Chartered Institute for IT (UK)
       logo: Midwest IT Survival
     logo: DZone
    logo: SOA World

Blog Posts

       sizing a project backlog of 120 stories
          Table: what do practitioners think is the method that will make their product more profitable? (--2013 Study of Product Team Performance)
         white paper: 2013 Study of Product Team Performance
  photo: two programmers pairing locally
         white paper: 2012 Study of Product Team Performance
    photo: Almost all the training for managing programmers that exists: 6 of only 8 books on the topic

Slidesets

A few photos of us presenting

Co-author Mickey Mantle Moscow keynote, "Keys to Crafting a Highly Effective Programming Culture", at the largest developer conference in Russia, Oct. 2014.

Co-author Ron Lichty presenting "12 Take-Aways: Managing the Unmanageable" at Silicon Valley Code Camp, Oct. 2013.

Co-author Ron Lichty on a panel on modern management at Bay Area Organizational Development Network, Sept. 2014.

Co-author Mickey Mantle presenting programmer generation differences, keynote, Moscow, the Central and Eastern European Software Engineering Conference, Oct. 2014.

Co-author Ron Lichty presenting to Code Camp in San Jose October 2015.

Co-author Ron Lichty presenting to ACM in Palo Alto, June 2015.