Engineering Management for the Rest of Us

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Engineering Management for the Rest of Us

Engineering Management for the Rest of Us

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I always wondered why regular leaders treat so hard their people, forgetting about human values and just asking for output and results without knowing context of every team member.

It can be very tough for those of us who didn’t go into Engineering with the distinct concept that we would become managers, but still want to do our best to support our teams. It provides great insight into how it is to be an engineering manager and Sarah tells her own stories and shares what she has learned. Sarah has done a good job of expanding the narratives by providing relevant references to other books and authors in between topics and chapters.Ideas around understanding team members values, motivating team members, encouraging collaboration, managing conflict, working with management, managing yourself and so on are well-thought out and placed in the book.

The author begins with an overview of personal values and then delves into the importance of trust, happiness, and fostering a sense of teamwork. Many of the thoughts here enforced what I had learnt from reading blog posts about who a senior developer is, like . Engineering for the Management for the Rest of Us is a book that will gear you up for a journey into engineering management (or honestly kind of management, frankly) by highlighting a lot of common technical aspects of the career. It's imperative that we as managers learn as much as we can and work on ourselves, so that our teams may enjoy a healthy working life and strong relationships.I picked up the book because my mentor recommended it to me after I told him about my promotion at work. Drasner advises that managers should have strategies in place to resolve conflicts effectively, while maintaining a positive and respectful team environment. Develop Effective Communication Skills: Drasner emphasizes that good communication is crucial for an engineering manager.

Encourage team members to update their skills and knowledge and provide opportunities for them to do so. However, even seasoned managers could benefit from Drasner’s insights, particularly those struggling to navigate the day-to-day challenges of managing a technical team. There's quite a bit of advice too that isn't really specific to engineering managers, such as: believing in yourself, prioritizing your work, scope down PRs, setting boundaries etc.It’s imperative that we as managers learn as much as we can and work on ourselves, so that our teams may enjoy a healthy working life and strong relationships. Where the book could be better is in the presentation of diverse management styles and the examination of their effectiveness in varying organizational cultures. Join us at the next edition of Bookmarked where Suzan Bond will be joined by Sarah Drasner, who has 10+ years of experience in engineering management at all levels, from Lead to VP, to discuss her newest book ‘Engineering Management for the Rest of Us’. A lot of Engineering Managers and leaders studied for years and years to become the best Engineer they possibly could be… and then they were promoted. Prioritize and Manage Time Effectively: Drasner suggests that effective time management is a crucial skill for engineering managers.

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