Resources for Engineering Managers
I prefer curated newsletter over twitter. I’ve subscribed to these two for some time now and can recommend them.
- software lead weekly
If you want to subscribe to only one newsletter about engineering management it’s this one. Great posts every week.
- Elided Branches by Camille Fournier
I bookmark all of Camille’s posts about management, they are so good.
Here’s a list of the books I’ve read on management and leadership sorted by rating.
- The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
Probably the book with the most highlights in my library. The systems thinking part was great but what I enjoyed even more was the chapters about the “learning organization”.
- American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company
I’ve written about it before. High-level leadership topics and great to read.
- Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Great book full of important lessons like: “Don’t move information to authority, move authority to the information”.
- The Managerial Moment of Truth: The Essential Step in Helping People Improve Performance
Super helpful book. Provides a great framework for dealing with difficult management moments.
- Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t
Interesting contrast to the cozy “everything is great if you just do this”, advice in other books. It’s not about climbing the ladder but helping you to understand the power dynamics in your organization and using them to your advantage.
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
Felt a bit like “management for dummies”. Very basic, but a good introduction if you have no experience with management at all.
- Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams
Somehow that book never “clicked” for me. Most of the time it felt either irrelevant or so obvious that is was boring.
I don’t want to list every blog-post I’ve bookmarked on the topic. However Google’s re:Work website is worth checking out. They are doing a lot of research on people, teams and management topics. In their words: “Practices, research, and ideas from Google and other organizations to put people first.”
Bonus (german speaking only)
A great talk by Thomas Tuchel, who’s currently coach of Borussia Dortmund. What he has to say about team building and the role of a manager is super interesting and not limited to soccer.