"While Peeling has a doctorate in computing and
is a manager of software developers, most of the advice can also be applied to
other managerial scenarios. . . . The best managers know when to mold 'em and
know when to scold 'em and Peeling is clearly an expert in making that type of
"Managers that understand the psychology of developers and
the technical details of what they do are very rare, and Nic Peeling is a member
of that group. In this book he passes on some of that wisdom, and all managers
can benefit from reading it."
"It would be hard to give one a sense of everything
in this book. . . . It is a welcome change from many management books and has
achieved the purpose Peeling set for it."
Software Quality Professional
management position can be one of the most difficult jobs of all. Luckily, books
such as Dr. Peeling's Principles of Management: Practical Advice for the Front-Line
Manager are available to help ease the gap.
"Dr. Peeling does
indeed offer many useful and practical tips for managers. While the main tips
are highlighted in italics, this is not a book intended for skimmming, but instead
should be read from cover to cover.
". . . a good buy if you or your
staff members are embarking on those crucial first days as a manager."
"Every once in a while, you pick up a book that grabs you. This is the
kind of book that I look forward to seeing on my nightstand after a long day at
work. The author is a scholar and a keen observer of human nature, who has the
unique knack of succinctly expressing some pragmatic managenment advice, not only
for managing people but, IMHO, for managing your managers, as well as your own
"I really enjoyed reading the book because, not only did I
pick up a point or two about how to deal with my co-workers from a leadership
position, but I learned a thing or two about myself and what techniques I subconsciously
had been using to deal with difficult co-workers and stressful work situations."
ACM Software Engineering Notes
". . . he
presents delightful cartoons of a manager with a huge grin, closed eyes, and a
can-do attitude flaunting Peeling's principles.
"Over and over, I find
myself believing that Peeling is right about some point that I wish he were wrong
". . . if you're a front-line manager or in danger of becoming
one, you can learn a lot from this book. You should buy it and read it."
". . . a practical survival guide for the tenacious transition of learning
how to become a manager. . . . a sound and 'reader friendly' primer which is particularly
recommended for the novice manager."
Midwest Book Review
"New and experienced
low-level and front-line managers will find practical, candid, sometimes humorous
advice on managing people as individuals, managing problem staff and different
types of staff, and managing people in teams, as well as project management, managing
a failing team, and managing people outside the organization. Writing is accessible,
with cartoons and many examples."
"Nothing is more difficult than
managing people. Dr. Peeling's new book will make the job a lot easier, especially
for the person who wasn't born with a knack for handling others."
Ries, Co-author of
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing and
The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding