The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
Managing people is difficult wherever you work. But in the tech industry, where management is also a technical discipline, the learning curve can be brutalespecially when there are few tools, texts, and frameworks to help you. In this practical guide, author Camille Fournier (tech lead turned CTO) takes you through each stage in the journey from engineer to technical
A few of my favorite insights from the book:
* As you move from ...more
- The Pragmatic Programmer
- The Effective Engineer
- The Manager's Path
- High Output Management
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
- The Elements of Style
- Crucial Conversations
Though that dreaded word manager is in the title, it is not purely valuable to those who have a strong desire to engage in people management. Part of what ...more
I hate to say that this book was disappointing because I enjoy following the author on Twitter and have enjoyed lots of her clear, well-written blog posts about management and technical strategy, particularly ones like "how do individual contributors get stuck".
I think this book essentially tried to stretch those blog posts into an ...more
It gives a clear view and show countless real life situtations, from first level to CTO, with a perspective of who had experiencied all of it.
Whether or not you are looking for a management career, we as software engineers are going to live most (if not all) of the situtations described in each chapter, directly or indirectly. ...more
The book illustrates the various situations that you will face when you navigate your career through a product startup. Several situations and their solutions resonated with me as I have faced them myself. This is a book written by ...more
Recommended read if ...more
What I liked about it: How practical and hands on the book is. It really gives context about culture and situations in other companies + explanations and advice how to ...more
Sidenote: I didn't finish as I stopped where it was relevant to my career, but still am considering this finished (for now).
It's a comprehensive walk-through typical tech carrier ladder, but up to chapter about "managing managers" it just lacks any insights and reads like common sense. Might be a good read for those who are in early stages of their career.
It gets little bit more interesting during the last 3 chapters ("managing managers", "big league" and the one about building culture).
But I believe I got significant more ...more
This book can be definitely replaced with a few blog posts. The examples that it gives are rather nonillustrative, I've never heard about most of the companies that the author uses as role models.
Regardless of what I just said the book was nice and easy to read and I really appreciate author's efforts to write it.
I can recommend it as a book you can start and finish during ...more
I did miss a focus on diversity though. Though the author is careful to switch pronouns, there was barely any mention of the importance and challenges of managing cultural diverse teams and I worry a few of her comments on company culture could be misconstrued as saying these aren't a good idea.
Sometimes felt a bit to deep in US/Silicon Valley culture and their understanding of leadership to me.
She covers day to day work, stuff you will most likely face, problems along the road, ways to perform self evaluation, collect feedback, find blind spots (yeah, you'll figure out people don't tell ...more
this is not only a book for managers imo, it's a book for anyone who wants to better understand how to work with folks at all levels of an engineering organization
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