My 9 book picks for engineering leaders 👇
The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier. An experienced engineering manager describes the core roles, relationships, and responsibilities of TLs, TLMs, and engineering managers. A strong recommendation for any new or mid-career engineering leader.…
High Output Management by Andy Grove. The famed Intel exec describes his approach to running a tech company. This book has been foundational within Silicon Valley; it's worth reading to understand the origin of many modern tech management practices.…
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. A classic book that talks about how to recognize and resolve dysfunctional team relationships. You can get most of the value from the framework at the end, but the case study helps to remember it.…
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M Christensen. A classic book on innovation, focusing on how large companies can be "disrupted" by new technologies.…
How Boeing Lost its Bearings by Jerry Useem. An article that describes how Boeing's loss of engineering culture and focus on cost-cutting led to quality compromises and, ultimately, the Boeing 737 MAX crashes.…
Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal by Jack Ewing. Ewing tells the story of VW, and how it culminated in Audi engineers installing devices to defraud an environmental agency. It shows how corporate incentives can lead to unethical behavior.…
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. Another illustration of how a company culture can become home to unreasonably aggressive and unethical business practices.…
Radical Candor by Kim Scott. Delivering feedback is one of the hardest challenges of managing. A fairly simple concept for how to deliver feedback. I don't agree with everything but find the framework a useful tool.…
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer. For those who work across cultural differences. Although the book traffics heavily in generalizations and stereotypes, it can act as a tool for reflection about your communication style & those around you.…

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