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The Engineering Manager's Booklist   Tweet booklist

Books for people who are or aspire to manage/lead team(s) of software engineers. This includes, but isn't limited to, Team Leads, Tech Leads, Managers, Directors, VPs of Engineering and CTOs. Pull requests are welcome.

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Hello, thanks for reading! A little about me, I have been an engineering manager at Fortune 100 companies and startups. This list represents the books that I have found valuable in my career. If you want to see what I'm reading checkout my list on GoodRead's list. Use the above buttons if you want to hear about my ramblings on engineering leadership.

Getting Started

First book

If you are going to read one book off of this list, I highly recommend the following:

The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier 📘 🎧

Best of the List

There are a ton of great books on this list, but if you want to start out reading the top books, I would recommend the following:

The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier 📘 🎧
Managing Humans by Michael Lopp 📘 🎧
Managing the Unmanageable by Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty 📘
The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo 📘 🎧
An Elegant Puzzle - Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson 📘 🎧

Book selection

The books or subjects aren't in any particular order so feel free to dive into the topics that you want to learn more about.

Reading advice

Personally, I prefer audiobooks. They allow me to listen to books while I'm cooking in the kitchen, cleaning up my room, taking a walk around my neighborhood, commuting, etc. Usually, I listen to them at 1.5x to 2x the speed depending on how fast the person narrates the book.

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📚Books

Table of Contents


  1. Management
  2. Leadership
  3. People
  4. Culture
  5. Change Management
  6. Agile Methodologies
  7. Communication
  8. Public Speaking
  9. Onboarding

Management

Building Great Software Engineering Teams by Joshua Tyler 📘
The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier 📘 🎧
The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo 📘 🎧
Death by Meeting by Patrick M. Lencioni 📘 🎧
High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove 📘
Managing Humans by Michael Lopp 📘 🎧
Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker 📘 🎧
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan 📘 🎧
Radical Focus by Christina Wodtke 📘 🎧
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni 📘 🎧
Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo 📘
Growing Software by Louis Testa 📘
Principles of Software Engineering Management by Tom Glib 📘
The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox 📘 🎧
Managing the Unmanageable by Mickey W. Mantle and Ron Lichty 📘
Behind Closed Doors by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby 📘
An Elegant Puzzle - Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson 📘 🎧
97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know by Camille Fournier 📘

Leadership

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker 📘 🎧
Leading Snowflakes by Oren Ellenbogen 📘
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison, and Craig Walsh 📘 🎧
Leadership is an Art from Max Depree 📘 🎧
Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell 📘 🎧
Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle📘 🎧
Influencing without Authority by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford 📘 🎧
Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham, Ashley Goodall 📘 🎧
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet 📘 🎧 The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni 📘 🎧

Coaching

Radical Candor by Kim Scott 📘 🎧
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier 📘 🎧

People

Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister 📘
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie 📘 🎧

Culture

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 📘 🎧
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz 📘 🎧
Good to Great by Jim Collins 📘 🎧
How Google Works by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle 📘 🎧
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 📘 🎧
Slack by Tom DeMarco 📘
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni 📘 🎧
Brotopia by Emily Chang 📘 🎧

Change Management

Change or Die by Alan Deutschman 📘 🎧
Switch by Dan Heath, Chip Heath, Charles Kahlenberg 📘 🎧
HBR's 10 Must Reads on Change Management by John P. Kotter, W. Chan Kim, Renée A. Mauborgne 📘 🎧

Agile Methodologies

Scrum by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland 📘 🎧
Essential Scrum by Kenneth S. Rubin 📘
Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, and Ken Schwaber 📘

Communication

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD 📘 🎧
Presence by Amy Cutty 📘 🎧
Humble Inquiry by Edgar H. Schein 📘 🎧

Public Speaking

Demystifying Public Speaking by Lara Hogan 📘
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun 📘 🎧

Onboarding

First 90 Days by Harvard Business Review Press 📘 🎧