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Summary

Managing people is difficult wherever you work. But in the tech industry, where management is also a technical discipline, the learning curve can be brutal - especially when there are few tools, texts, and frameworks to help you. In this practical guide, author Camille Fournier (tech lead turned CTO) takes you through each stage in the journey from engineer to technical manager.

From mentoring interns to working with senior staff, you'll get actionable advice for approaching various obstacles in your path. This book is ideal whether you're a new manager, a mentor, or a more experienced leader looking for fresh advice. Listen to this audiobook and learn how to become a better manager and leader in your organization.

  • Begin by exploring what you expect from a manager.
  • Understand what it takes to be a good mentor, and a good tech lead.
  • Learn how to manage individual members while remaining focused on the entire team.
  • Understand how to manage yourself and avoid common pitfalls that challenge many leaders.
  • And more...
©2017 Camille Fournier (P)2019 Tantor

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Would have been more useful earlier in my career

This book has useful advise and anecdotes if you are a relatively junior leader in a software company. If you’ve been doing 1:1s, developing in agile, have tech leads, and a career ladder then this isn’t for you. The book could have used some editing, there’s a fair bit of filler.

All in all, if you’re early in your management path then listen, but otherwise skip.

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A broad spectrum of scope

The book is a fab overview of all levels and scopes of management. From mentoring interns up to CTO.

I’ve taken away handfuls of tips that’ll I’ll be putting into practice.

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I have listened to a lot of engineering leadership books and this one tops the list. Very good book.

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Anecdotal and evidenced

This book has plenty of anecdotal stories and lessons learned from a diverse career path. It attempts to address all the different stages of management and give useful pointers along the way. Well written.
It would be nice to see more on how to take the plunge into junior management

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never read a management book from a tech before

solid book with lots of key insights I can take into management so really good stuff

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Great book

lots of essential tips and techniques. lots of reflections from this book and great things to implement in the workplace and to improve yourself and your teams.

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Thorough, but hard to finish

It gave me some new ideas, but I struggled to finish it. Maybe because I found the pace a bit slow and the voice a bit grating.

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Very good, straightforward and clear

Seemed a bit slow to get going but very good once I got in the rhythm of it. I am a mechanical engineer and would recommend as a straightforward guide and general advice on mangement to my peers. The book avoids the wooliness, theorising and padding out of a few ideas ommon in books of this type.

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  • 24-06-20

Great book, no technical input for narrator

Great stuff, very well structured and gives you great examples and lists that you can take and use in your work right away. Unfortunately, the narrator is inappropriate for the material. A lot of the technical abbreviations and terminology is read in a very I securely. She should have gotten some technical coaching on how to pronounce what. Otherwise great book.

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  • Daniel
  • 08-01-20

The best book for tech leaders I read so far

I run a small startup, I am cto and cofounder. I found this book very insightful and helpful. After listing to the audiobook I decided to buy a physical copy to be able to go back to the book and specific sections more easily. Must read for all the tech leaders!

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  • Mike
  • 04-10-19

hard to tell which chapter you're on

chapters are short and seem to blend together, hard to tell when you are on the next chapter

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  • Mom NYC
  • 17-11-19

Practical and grounded

This book offers very practical advice on how to move up the IT management ladder. it is like a personal coach or mentor for each stage - giving you the mental map on what's important for each stage.

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  • E. Ellis
  • 03-12-20

Blends Together & Kind of Boring

I have been listening to this while at work for the past week or so. And, the chapters definitely blend together as the big arching idea is not well stated per chapter. I also fine the book to be kind of repetitive (ie boring). It does give some nice remarks, but not enough to be as long as the book is. I would recommend increasing the speed of the reader if you gonna listen.

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  • Kelly E Scott
  • 04-03-20

Software Engineering Focused

The book focuses more so on the author's experience with software engineering and managing people in that environment. However, there is still plenty of valuable information to be taken from the book for other disciplines of engineering.

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  • Lukie P.
  • 30-05-22

Somewhat biased and a product of a toxic culture.

The idea of classifying humans as a set of behaviours together and assigning them labels. Information is a bit toxic minded. Does not sound happy. We can also have individuals who fit into several classifications while also bringing out the best in all of them. We are all growing constantly. This person has worked it seems in a toxic work culture, which is depressing. Thank you though for methodically going through your career and I will listen to the rest of this audiobook.

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  • Tyler
  • 01-05-22

Decent read for someone in their first years of college or somehow found themselves in management

If you have no idea what to expect from a real job, this is a fine introduction. If you are struggling in a new role, this may be a decent guide. If you have been involved in management and studied how to be effective in doing so, this is a disappointment.

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  • Ying Kuang
  • 27-04-22

An excellent book for managers in software field

The length of this book is pretty long, be patient.

I enjoyed it very much and truly felt that the book is so relevant, relatable and speaks from an insider's perspectives. It comes in handy, with great examples and stories which makes it so unique, useful and purposeful.

While listening to it, I felt motivated, more driven, with clear goals and more determined to achieve my dreams. What's more, I also figured out the problems I had and sometimes connected with it so much because I did run into the exact issues or problems depicted inside. It's a great book and I've truly learned a lot and benefited tremendously.

I highly recommend everyone - every managers, new and old/senior, if you'd love to gain some fresh perspectives, if you seek to obtain some insightful and informative advice from the most visionary, seasoned and inspiring leader, please give this book a shot. It'll definitely worth the time you spent.

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  • Ivo
  • 13-02-22

great book

great book with lots of info. Very informative with detailed examples and real life scenarios.