If you've read this article paying closer attention to the terminology than the argument, I suggest you copy it into $EDITOR and perform a quick search-and-replace.
The words "Nerd" and "Herd" are quite clearly used in an ironic, self-mocking mode, given the authors' apparent background. For the subtlety-impaired (or non-native English speakers) I suggest the following:
Looking beyond that; this sensitivity to, and awareness of both group dynamics and the psychological requirements of individual engineers is a hallmark of good engineering project managers/team leaders. Anyone currently dissatisfied with their management might care to reference this document in their next communication.