Workshop Detail

Managing Software People and Teams

1 Day Workshop on Friday, September 30, 2016 (9am to 4pm)

This one-day master workshop will be presented by Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty, based upon their best-selling book Managing the Unmanageable – Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams.


Published by Addison-Wesley, the book has been recommended as one of the top three books that every programming manager should have on their bookshelf. All workshop attendees will receive a copy for their continued reference and bookshelf.

Code Stars Summit provides a rare public opportunity to learn directly from Mantle and Lichty what they share with their corporate clients.They have distilled the most important insights from their book to create this workshop for software development managers, software team leads, programmers who aspire to become managers, project managers, and those who manage departments of programmers – as well as other Managers, Directors, and C-level executives who rely on programmers to deliver projects that are critical to their organization’s success so need to learn themselves how to manage programmers successfully.

This workshop will inform, engage, and delight, driving home key messages from the book by:

  • Peppering managing precepts with software rules of thumb
  • Engaging the audience in interactive learning
  • Conducting hands-on activities that translate theory into practice
  • Soliciting audience stories and experiences for real-world input
  • Digging into tools provided with the workshop with tips on customizing them for personal use


Ron Lichty

Ron Lichty

Ron Lichty

Ron Lichty has been managing and, more recently, consulting in managing software development and product organizations for over 25 years. Before that, as a programmer, he coded compiler code generators, was awarded patents for compression and security algorithms he designed and coded for embedded microcontroller devices, wrote two widely used programming texts, and developed the computer animation demo that Apple used to launch and sell a next-generation line of PCs. The primary focus of his consulting practice has mirrored what he did as a manager: untangling the knots in software development. As Ron Lichty Consulting, he takes on fractional Interim VP Engineering and Acting CTO roles, trains teams in scrum, transitions teams to agile, trains managers in managing software people and teams, and advises organizations and coaches teams to make their software development “hum.” His 450-page book, Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, was recently released as video training - LiveLessons: Managing Software People and Teams - both from Pearson and on O’Reilly’s Safari Network. He also co-authors the biannual Study of Product Team Performance.

Mickey Mantle

Mickey has a track record of more than 40 years of success in the software industry. A graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in Computer Science (contemporary with computer industry notables such as the founders of Word Perfect, Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Adobe Systems, and Pixar), his career includes working at computer graphics pioneer Evans & Sutherland (E&S), and then joining Pixar shortly after it was bought by Steve Jobs in 1986.

At Pixar, Mickey managed the development of all of the software for their external products, including the Pixar Image Computerand RenderMan. RenderMan is the gold standard of 3D photorealistic rendering software and has been used on almost every Visual Effects Academy Award Winner for the past two decades.

Upon leaving Pixar, Mickey joined Brøderbund Software as Vice President of Engineering/Chief Technical Officer where he managed the vast development organization that produced numerous award-winning PC and Mac games such as Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Kid Pix, Myst and Living Books.

After many years at Brøderbund, he joined Gracenote where, as Senior Vice President of Development, he managed all development, operations and professional services associated with the pioneering web-based CDDB/Gracenote music information service used by many hundreds of companies such as Apple’s iTunes, Sony, Samsung, Pioneer, Panasonic, Toyota, Ford, Nissan, GM, Diamler-Benz, BMW, and others.

Mickey retired from Gracenote in 2011 and then founded Wanderful, Inc. to develop and publish award-winning children's interactive storybooks for mobile tablets and phones, as well as Mac and Windows computers.    See

In addition to his Wanderful work, Mickey has co-authored Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams. The book, co-authored with Ron Lichty and published by Addison Wesley, distills their experience of over 70 combined years developing software and managing programmers.