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97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts

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Tap into the wisdom of experts to learn what every engineering manager should know. With 97 short and extremely useful tips for engineering managers, you'll discover new approaches to old problems, pick up road-tested best practices, and hone your management skills through sound advice.

Managing people is hard, and the industry as a whole is bad at it. Many managers lack
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by O'Reilly Media
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Łukasz Słonina
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Short articles compiled together, without particular order. mainly for people starting as engineering managers. Few good "things", few obvious to me.
Rajeev Bharshetty
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good starter guide for an engineering manager from experienced engineering managers. Very thorough.
Sebastian Gebski
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Exactly what one could expect from that kind of book ("97 things that ...") - each chapter is written by someone else and covers a totally different topic/idea/concern. Some are interesting, but only very few have really caught my attention (my fav is on Chaleff's typology of followers). I've grabbed this one because of C. Fournier (who've collected & redacted the book), but it's really hard to recommend it wholeheartedly.

2-2.5 stars.
Mahdi Taghizadeh
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book actually is not written by one author and is composed of 97 things written by various people who are CTOs, EMs, senior software engineers, VPEs, etc.

Dont expect much technical stuff as this is more about the Management part of Engineering Managers hat; but those things are absolutely worth reading and you will learn a lot to manage teams of engineers.
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Avraam Mavridis
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
There are a few good articles, and a lot of really boring ones. Its more like a collection of Medium posts rather than a book.
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