Top Recommended Books for Engineering Managers

Published on Feb 16, 2019

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Amazon.com returns over 100,000 results for “management books.” Which are the best ones?

I interviewed 65+ engineering leaders since late 2017. Here are the top books that engineering leaders on managersclub.com recommended in answer to the question, ”If you could recommend one book to engineering managers, what would it be and why?” (Some people gave more than 1 recommendation.)

Here are the top books were recommended by more than one leader in order of the number of recommendations. I’ve also included links to their interviews.

“The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change” by Camille Fournier was recommended by 7 leaders.


“High Output Management” by former Intel president Andy Grove was recommended by 6 separate leaders.


Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty’s book “Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams” was recommended by 5 separate leaders. You can read Ron’s interview here, and Mickey’s interview here.


“Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni was recommended by 4 leaders.


“Managing Humans” by Michael Lopp VP of Engineering @slackhq was recommended by 3 leaders. You can read Michael Lopp’s interview here.

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