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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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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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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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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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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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Surprisingly Relatable and Incredibly Useful

I feel like this book read my mind. Every chapter and every sentence I found relatable to my management role.
And it covers EVERYTHING that a manager goes through with relatable commentary and advice.
I recommended this book to other coworkers

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Extremely helpful

As a new manager, I’ve found value and strategies that I could adopt to get started. I’ve also understood why certain things happen and how to apply different processes to different situations. No one solution fits all, and that’s an important starting point for managers to be.

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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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Learn how managers think in a tech company

Great overview of how managers tend to think about career growth and it offers simple guidelines to build a career ladder, the narrative is easy to follow since it's like a 1:1 conversation and not huge in technical terms. I appreciate the learnings this book offered me.

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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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super information dense

tons of information, as a mid level engineer, many topics I wonder about were brought up and explained.

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  • Barry Carroll
  • 12-06-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-19

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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  • Ben S.
  • 07-26-21

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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  • Bjorn Martensson
  • 10-21-19

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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  • Richard C Blain
  • 07-16-19

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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  • 07-22-21

Great content, average naration

I've recently started as a Tech Lead and I was recommended this book, I'd also recommend it to others.

There are a few chapters you can skip but the relevant ones are valuable. This book isn't a cure-all, but it might help you identify some areas to improve, like it has for me.

Don't let the narration put you off - there's a lot of great content in here for new tech managers and I'm really glad it's in audiobook format because otherwise I'd have taken longer to read it. I found the easiest way to read was to have the speed set to 1.4-1.5x.

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  • Haydos585
  • 11-07-20

Very good introduction to technical management

Easy book to listen to. The techniques recommended are great tools for any new technical manager. I recommend this book for anyone working in technology regardless of management experience.