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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 th
Paperback, 296 pages
Published December 17th 2019 by O'Reilly Media
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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.
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. ...more
Rajeev Bharshetty
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good starter guide for an engineering manager from experienced engineering managers. Very thorough.
Arman Hilmioglu
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Giving 4 stars, and recommending this book to all new and aspiring engineering managers. The key difference between this book and all other management relevant ones (ex: Manager's Path, Managing Humans etc...) is; this one has a lot more practical advice summarized in much shorter stories. While certain aspects of the management is going to be different from organization to organization / culture to culture / this book was much more comprehensive in things that went right and wrong for people. T ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I bought the book because I had really enjoyed the previous one from the same author. Unfortunately this one was disappointing. It's a collection is very short pieces, all bundled together, that in my opinion misses depth. Every one of them leaves me thinking "ok, but how?". All have good intentions but are too shallow. Still, thank you for putting the book out, can be a good starting point for some people. ...more
Isaac Perez Moncho
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The main point of this book is that it's a curated list of short chapters by many authors, unfortunately the curation is not great.
There are some good chapters, but the style is very different between the authors, there doesn't seem to be any type of organisation and it feels it jumps from one topic to the next and back.
It would have benefited with consistency in quality of the chapters and some organisation of topics.
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.

Don’t expect much technical stuff as this is more about the Management part of Engineering Manager’s hat; but those things are absolutely worth reading and you will learn a lot to manage teams of engineers.
Simon MacDonald
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of essays by a number of engineering managers. Like any book with that may authors the quality varies and you will probably find some to be absolute gold while others you will forget immediately.

I recommend that you read one or two essays a day using them like zen koans to provoke deeper thought on whether or not you can incorporate them into your routine.
Sergey Shishkin
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
97 Things is an interesting genre. Essays might seem disjoint at first. What I liked is the diversity of perspectives and ideas. I'm sure everyone will find a thing or two that will resonate more than other more comprehensive books for managers. ...more
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.
Dimitrios Zakas
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
I've been trying to read this book for months. Some of the "things" were very helpful and that's why my rating is 2/5 but the remaining were the most boring blog posts on management I have read for quite some time. ...more
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