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  • A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
  • Written by: Camille Fournier
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)
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Written by: Camille Fournier
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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...
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Incredibly eyes opening

Really recommend this book to any engineer in any level. A great way to understand the not just how to manager but how to be managed.

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Required reading for growing developers

Reads like a career handbook with important milestones and growth opportunities. I love how thoughtful each step is and the depth to which each stage is covered. A book I plan on sharing with all aspiring developers I know.

The book steps through the typical journey from individual developer to eventually CTO. The choice between the management and technology tracks is explored well. It also helped explain why managers at tech companies need to be technical and breaks down what that might mean.

The guidance at each step is clear and actionable. Early on there is fantastic suggestions for one on ones and mentoring. Later as the options open up it becomes ideas to explore and systems to consider.

The author does a great job showing the biases and uncertainty throughout the book. They share success and failures. While much of the content is based on personal experience, the reasoning and thinking is also shared.

If it is not clear, I really liked this book. So why not a 5 stars? I struggled with this. The book is so relatable that I almost felt like I was not learning. The format definitely threw me off. At times it feels a bit shallow and makes up by providing all the references if you want to go deeper.

Want a guidebook for a thriving career? Start here for inspiration

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Good content very monotone delivery

Loved the content the book had to offer, but the delivery was extremely monotone, and could have been soo much better.

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  • Mike
  • 2019-10-04

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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  • Samantha C
  • 2020-06-24

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
  • 2020-01-08

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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  • Mom NYC
  • 2019-11-17

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
  • 2020-12-03

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
  • 2020-03-04

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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  • Scott
  • 2023-08-04

A good, comprehensive book for tech mgrs

I wasn't expecting a lot from this book, but I found it to have solid advice for tech managers at all levels. It could have been more concise, and I'll have to listen to it again when I have time to take a few notes.

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  • Jeff Powell
  • 2023-07-01

Good introduction to folks wanting to take on leadership roles

I loved how Camille took time to visit each level of leadership and management in a technology career ladder—especially the granularity of her tour (meaning she didn’t just jump from IC to management; she stopped to talk about mentoring and being a technical lead first, etc.).

I didn’t love that each stop on the path resulted in an unorganized splattering of every bit of advice she could think of for the specific role in question. Admittedly there’s good advice in every section, so I overall recommend reading the book. Just expect to not retain many of her points after a first pass.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2023-02-20

Every tech manager shoud read the book

Personally, I feelt so guided with the book, As an engineering leader transitioning from writing code to use more time leading projects, I found a clear path over the issues that tech managers should take in consideration when we're passing to leading teams.

In relation with the content, I'll recommend the book to all juniors engineers looking for a path in their careers. Leadership shouldn't be seen as a part time job over other activitios. Serious management is a full time job, besides, the author share the core tips to focusing in the important aspects of engineering leadership, from seniors, tech lead, to more advance roles as vp of engineering and cto.

Hoping to read (some day) the second edition of the book. Camille is an awesome writer and her experience in management is clear a good example of how to deal and triumph the leadership.

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  • Tatyana B
  • 2023-12-06

Great book for engineering management career

Well written practical strategies for navigating engineering management path. Practical advice for managing engineering careers and building exceptional teams.

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  • coupaing
  • 2021-10-12

Great book

Recently promoted from lead dev to tech lead, I found in this book tons of ideas and good advices

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