Being Geek – your career in IT – O’Reilly Media


Being Geek – O’Reilly Media

I plan on having a talk on this book at a very nice location in Berlin, like these ones:

Who wants to join?

Update / 2010-08-03 17:30 : Here is the Doodle poll link for the event. Pls mention your preferred location!

Update / 2010-08-05 :
There are not just friends out there, means: I had to find a way to make sure, the poll doesn’t get screwed by trolls.

I spoke to O’Reilly at Cologne – participants well get a few free copies.

Update / 2010-08-09 :
Talked to a well-known German chain book store today. The presentation will take place there, but not very soon. Any TV or radio broadcasting station interested in this?
Whoever wants to have a look into the book and let me summarize the contents: contact me and we will find time and place to do so!
Should there really be enough people showing interest, we can meet at c-base.org or just about anywhere in town. Contact me!

Abstract:
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”

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