Leading and Managing in Silicon Valley

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Thomas Hempel
ExcellentLeader, 2009 - Business & Economics - 464 pages
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Containing the ideas, practices, and histories of a group of Silicon Valley VP's, directors and CTO's with more than 400 man-years of experience running engineering teams in Silicon Valley, this book contains everything you need to know to successfully run a hi-tech engineering organization. Honest and comprehensive, this book will save you time and pain in dealing with people, technical and business issues. This book covers the topics you need to know to get the job done right. It's what we would have wanted to know the day we took the job! You will learn how to develop your career as a senior technical leader, and how the job evolves from a startup to an established organization, including the challenges of very rapid growth. The book looks at all components of the complete product development lifecycle, from product planning to development to support, giving practical advice for the leader as to what to do in each phase. It looks at team leadership, dynamics and development, with topics ranging from developing team culture to meeting management to personnel development, as well as dealing with difficult situations. The difficult challenges of build-versus-buy decisions, offshore and outsourced development are also reviewed. Finally the connections of the engineering leader to the other executives and teams in the company are studied. Each chapter is illustrated with real life examples. The focus throughout is on realism - illustrating successes as well as problems and challenges, especially the kind of daily life situations that you only learn on the job. All in all, in this book, you will find an overview all the major topics anyone running an engineering organization is likely to face!

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Thomas Hempel has 22 years experience in Management. Currently, Thomas is senior director of Engineering at NetApp, Inc., where he is in charge of Support Automation Products, Infrastructure, Processes, and Information Engineering. He is in charge of all capital planning and engineering labs. His achievements at NetApp include building and making productive six different global but unified organizations, working with the Service organization to create profitable products like Autosupport Premium, and helping create the company's industry leading DITA-compliant information architecture. He has also led the lab organizations in creating world-class energy efficient data centers and is currently leading the virtualization and consolidation across the Engineering organization Previously, Thomas worked as VPE at E.piphany where he led the switch to Agile development as well as making the Octane products actually work. He has long been interested in the connection between tools, processes, and productivity, as well as how to make offshore development work. A Stanford graduate, he likes investing, trains, Phil Lesh, and wandering around Shanghai.

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