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Think Like a Software Engineering Manager

  • Length: 341 pages
  • Edition: 1
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  • Publication Date: 2024-10-16
  • ISBN-10: 1633438430
  • ISBN-13: 9781633438439

Unlock your full potential as an effective, efficient, and inspiring leader, and be the software engineering manager that your team deserves!

Most development teams are only as good as their leader. In this practical guide, you’ll explore all aspects of the software engineering manager’s job, from operational practices to the core skills of handling humans.

Think Like a Software Engineering Manager is full of all the skills you’ll need to thrive in software leadership, including:

  • People and performance management
  • Empathy and feedback
  • Delegation and learning to let go
  • Hiring amazing engineers and handling attrition
  • Collaborating with cross-functional partners
  • Managing expectations at all levels
  • Implementing engineering and operational excellence
  • Time and organizational change management

Experienced team leader Akanksha Gupta helps you explore whether software engineering management is the right move for your career, guides you through preparing for the position, and gives you all the tools you need to thrive in the role. Thought-provoking exercises help you apply what you learn to your daily professional life, and prepare you for making the big decisions about software.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the technology

A software engineering manager needs to be an amazing communicator, an effective decision maker, and a thoughtful mentor. Your success depends on your ability to evaluate and manage projects, motivate and lead your team, and coolly handle whatever crisis each new day brings. It’s a big transition, and this book will guide you every step of the way.

About the book

Think Like a Software Engineering Manager teaches you how to hire, train, and lead a successful development team. You’ll start with building and managing your team to maximize performance. You’ll then quickly progress to strategies for delivering large scale projects, cultivating excellence in your projects, and managing change. Author Akanksha Gupta’s battle stories and industry anecdotes from her work at Amazon, Audible, Robinhood, and Microsoft reveal how the experts handle the biggest engineering management challenges.

What’s inside

  • People and performance management
  • Hiring amazing engineers and handling attrition
  • Collaborating with cross-functional partners
  • Practice for success with insightful exercises

About the reader

For new and aspiring software engineering managers.

About the author

Akanksha Gupta is an engineering leader at Amazon AWS. She has served as an engineering manager at Robinhood, Audible, and Microsoft and passionately champions the cause of empowering women within the tech industry.

The technical editor on this book was Bruce Bergman.

Table of Contents

1 Exploring the engineering manager role
2 Individual contributor to engineering manager
3 Managing people, teams, and yourself
4 Managing performance
5 Delegation: Learn to let go
6 Rewards and recognition
7 Hiring
8 Handling attrition
9 Working with cross-functional partners
10 Project management, execution, and delivery
11 Managing expectations
12 Engineering and operational excellence
13 Organizational change management
14 Time management
15 Beyond this book: Grow yourself

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