An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
Will Lars ...more
However, there is too much wrong with it to be able to let the physical manifestation sway over the content: ...more
There's a lot of goodness covered in a very concise & pragmatic way - focused on principles, not on recipes. The book covers topics like: efficiency, growth, applying systems thinking (in understanding your organization's limitations), strategizing, aspects of product management, long-term evolution (described as "migra ...more
Author provides his experience and receipts to problems he encountered from his perspective and which worked for him. Now - it doesn't mean it will work for you and it is not a recipe book (although content partially is delivered in recipe way "do this in this way, it will work").
Filter it through your lens. Rem ...more
After being in the business of ‘managing’ for about two years, it feels like I’ve learned enough to write a book. I have the scars, fines, and wrecked relationships, to prove the tuition paid for becoming a better manager. Will Larson takes a similar experience at Uber and in ‘An Elegant Puzzle’ actually turns it into a book. Unfortunately, both Will and I have no business writing so much about a subject we know little about.
This isn’t to say that the lessons...more
Something that I felt the book was lacking was more structure and flow into how the story was said and how all the information was organized.
Overall, a great book that give a wide range on information and ins ...more
The book failed for me though because, ultimately, it was a pile of fish and I wanted to be taught how to fish. The author told the reader his approach to handling leadership challenges. I like his a ...more
The quality of the printing of the book is really excellent. Unfortunately, that quality does not fully extend to the content.
My biggest complaint with the book is the faux-scientific graphs that are included. If you were to casually flip through the pages, you might think "wow, there's a lot of data to back up what the author is saying." If you actually read the graphs and associated words, yo ...more
The "An Elegant Puzzle" was crafted by taking blog posts and arranging them into a book. I felt the disjointedness, the chapters and their order didn't always make sense.
Despite how it was arrange, I found a lot of good practical advice in "An Elegant Puzzle". It's worthwhile read. And if not the book, I would ...more
I really appreciate the approach, starting with the "Why is this topic important to you" and then going into tactical "Here's how I've approached this, YMMV, but this is the reasoning behind each recommendation".
Recommended for enginee ...more
It’s clear, practical and empty of all fluff. In fact, for the first time in years I would like the book author to flesh out the ideas a little more (most add so much fluff).
It covers everything from performance rating systems ...more
Despite this, the book was useful for me. I am always allowed suggesting how we can improve our processes and what we should change.
If you are a manager, I would recommend this book to you; if you are not you also should read this book. You do not have to read the whole content (some subchapters are written precisely for managers), but after reading you s ...more
Some of the scale and suggestions will certainly exceed what you need at you ...more
Great insights and a very human view of Software Engineering Management state these days. Can be a bit prescriptive sometimes (which might be a good thing if you're looking for that) and gives you a sense of wanting more.
All in all, I recommend to anyone working in the Software industry.
Very prescriptive. Mostly applicable to higher management rather than immediately applicable to my day-to-day as a line manager, but still valuable, I think.
It's presented as advice, not argument. The author relies mostly on his own personal experience at successful tech companies as the main source of authority, not data. Seems like sensible advice, as far as I can tell. Also, the text is rich with references, which I intend to be exploring soon.
There were some good observations and suggestions on managing in this book. The book was adapted from a blog, so you may be able to read that blog and get what you need.
That brings to me on thing I found annoying which was that there are an extreme number of links in this book to other writing online. Sometimes a new word or label would be introduced with a link to some web page (I'm assuming about that just introduced ...more
For example, the author discusses different stages of team - starting with one struggling with their commitments up to "innovating". His advice to fix a struggling team - "add headcount". Did he mention\discuss "Brooks law" from The Mythical man-month and why his advice is against t ...more
All that said, there's plenty of nuggets of value here. ...more
There’s a lot of useful tips and guidelines for all the aspects of Engineering Management - from recruitment to presenting thoughts effectively.
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