I asked over 125 leaders to recommend one book and why. The following books on leadership and management in engineering are the most highly recommended. Read these books if you wish to advance as an engineering manager. Check out the links to the interviews to learn more about the motivations behind each leader’s book recommendation.
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The Manager’s Path is a guide for tech leaders navigating growth and change. The book covers a range of topics, including how to manage teams and projects, foster a culture of innovation, and deal with difficult conversations.
- Being a Great Coach with Anjuan Simmons Engineering Coach at Help Scout
- Interview with Katie Womersley, Director of Engineering at Buffer
- Gergely Németh, Engineering Manager at Uber
- Interview with Sue Nallapeta, Sr. Director, Engineering/Acting Head of Engineering at Zoosk
- Interview with Jeba Singh Emmanuel, Engineering Manager at Linkedin
- Interview with Karen Cohen, Engineering Manager, and Product Architect at Wix.com
- Interview with Patrick Joyce, Director of Engineering at Stitch Fix
- Interview with Daniel Dvorkin, Director of Engineering at Modern Tribe
- Interview with Bella Kazwell, Web Engineering Lead at Asana
- Interview with Rama Kulasekaran, Sr. Director of Engineering at Optum (UnitedHealth Group)
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni is about a team of executives struggling to function properly. The team is dysfunctional for five main reasons: lack of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, lack of accountability, and inattention to results. The team must learn to trust each other, deal with conflict constructively, commit to decisions, hold each other accountable, and focus on results to be successful.
- Interview with Yagiz Erkan, VP of Technology at Motive Retail
- Interview with Natasha Vinnik, Senior Engineering Manager at Google
- Interview with Margaret Schmitt, Senior Director of SBU Solutions Enablement at ANSYS
- Interview with Matt Newkirk, Engineering Manager at Etsy
- Interview with Ashok Ramaraj, Senior Engineering Manager at Sam’s Club (Walmart)
- Interview with Elaine Montilla, Assistant Vice President and CIO for Information Technology at The Graduate Center, CUNY
Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
Radical Candor is a book about how to give feedback effectively.
- Interview with Kate Wardin, Senior Engineering Manager at Target
- Interview with Lavanya Ramani, Software Development Manager at Amazon
- Interview with Allison McMillan, Engineering Manager, GitHub
- Interview with Rich Archbold, Senior Director of Engineering at Intercom
- Interview with Lei Yang, VP of Engineering at Quora
High Output Management is a management book by Andy Grove that was first published in 1983. The book is based on Grove’s experience as the CEO of Intel and discusses various topics related to management and leadership.
- Interview with Chuck Groom, Director of Engineering at VTS
- Interview with Dr. James Stanier, VP of Engineering at Brandwatch
- Interview with Allen Cheung, Senior Director of Engineering at Affirm
- Interview with Tom Bartel Germany-based software developer, engineering manager, speaker, and author
- Interview with Raylene Yung, Head of Payments at Stripe
- Interview with Akshaya Srivatsa, Director of Engineering at Bolt
- Interview with Pei-Chin Wang, Senior Director of Product at Redfin
Turn the Ship Around! is a book about leadership and how to create a more effective and engaged workforce. Marquet argues that the traditional hierarchical leadership model is outdated and that a more collaborative approach is needed to achieve success. He provides readers with practical tools and advice for making this shift in their own organizations.
- Engineering Leadership with Chintan Shah, VP Engineering at Collective & ex-Uber
- Interview with Mike Hansen, Head of Product Development and Engineering for Sonatype
- Interview with Jean Hsu, VP of Engineering at Range
This book is also featured in Leadership Lessons from the United States Navy Applicable to Engineering Leadership
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