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The Manager's Path

A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
Written by: Camille Fournier
Narrated by: Janet Metzger
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
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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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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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  • Smaranda Calin
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-27

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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  • 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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  • David L. Crogan
  • 2020-03-01

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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-08

One of the best books on engineering management

I am an experienced software engineer/tech-lead and in my humble opinion this book excels in providing essential guidance in a simple, well-structured and easy-to-comprehend way. I'm glad I had a chance to "read" it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-30

Great book for managers starting up

I enjoy listening to this book, essential because of the examples, the Ask the CTO topic that gives you a better understanding of the subject that was addressed earlier. If you are thinking of embrace a management path for your career you should definitely read this book, if you are already a senior manager, good knowledge don’t occupy space on your brain so you should read this book :).

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  • James Nichols
  • 2019-08-18

Great for a someone who is new to management

Great tips for a new manager though some are common sense and others will come with enough experience if you've had competent managers in the past.