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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, as well as taking on interim and advisory VP Engineering roles to transform chaos to clarity.

Much of what we do, together, is writing - from our book (Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, now in its second edition), to a plethora of articles, to video training, LiveLessons: Managing Software People and Teams. Ron also coauthors the periodic Study of Product Team Performance and blogs regularly.

When our publisher, Addison Wesley, was solicited for technical 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 Events

   Ron is speaking in the Virtual CTO Summit Series on Tues, August 25: Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity and Joy
     Ron and Mickey are leading a workshop at the San Francisco Engineering Leadership Summit Fri, Oct. 16, 2020: 12 Take-Aways: Managing the Unmanageable

Public Classes

Excerpts from the Book

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Excerpts from the Video Training

Interviews: Videos

Interviews: Audio

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  logo: Software Engineering Daily podcast show

Interviews: Print

  logo: Software Engineering Daily podcast show

Talks: Video

   19 minutes: Dream Teams: Making Your Dream (Team) Come True: Ron: Seattle's CTO Summit Oct. 29, 2019
   1:12: Critical Practices, Nuanced Techniques: Ron: Silicon Valley Code Camp, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
  1:03: What's It Take to Be a (Good!) Manager?: Ron: Silicon Valley Code Camp, Sat, Oct. 19, 2019
  1:15: Ron moderates a panel of senior software engineering managers: Silicon Valley Code Camp, Sat, Oct. 19, 2019
   18:40: Critical Practices, Nuanced Techniques: Ron: SF's CTO Summit Tues, May 21, 2019
     21:43: Managing in an Agile World: by Ron: San Francisco Engineering Leadership Community Summit: Jan. 24, 2019
     Synerzip webinar: Organizing & Scaling Agile Teams: by Ron on Wed, Jan. 16, 2019 (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)
  Synerzip webinar: If We’re Agile, Why Do We Need Managers? by Ron on March 17, 2016 (also see Slidesets, below, for the slides)

Talks: Audio

    Wonder Live mobi-cast-chat: Managing Software People and Teams, by Ron on Tues June 27, 2017

Articles

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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

    drawing of the tree swing that the customer wanted

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.