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Publisher's 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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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Daniel Julian Duque
  • 2022-07-04

Excellent book!

As a IC that became lead the amount of practical advice and tips you can learn from every section is invaluable.

I have implemented actions on management but also tech leading. Highly recommended for someone new to tech management. It can also help more experienced tech managers to sharpen up specific scenarios that they might be going through.

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  • Lukie P.
  • 2022-05-30

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
  • 2022-05-01

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
  • 2022-04-27

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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  • 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