education – career

This course resp. short-presentation follows this fine and very well-known book:

  • Being Geek – The Software Developer’s Career Handbook by Michael Lopp, publisher: O'Reilly Media

    on the book (from

    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 in Being 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"

    on the book in German (by JH):

    ML legt ein Buch über den angenommenen 3-jährigen Lebenszyklus eines Jobs vor, den er als Gig bezeichnet. Er startet bei dem Zeitpunkt, wo jemand aus den verschiedenen Motiven heraus anfängt, einen neuen Job zu suchen, über das Interviewing, ... über Team-Leiter, von denen bei Unterstützung für die eigene Karriere erwartet, und sie nicht findet, ... über die unterschiedlichen Sorten von mehr oder weniger lieben Kollegen, bis zum (bitteren) Ende, wo man sich wieder auf die Suche macht.

    Das Buch ist sehr humorvoll aber auch sehr drastisch geschrieben. Ich (JH) finde es nicht nur einen hochgradigen Genuss, darin zu schmökern, es ist auch total aufschlussreich und hilft einem großartig, die eigenen Erkenntnisse mosaikmäßig zusammenzusetzen.

    on the author (from

    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.