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  • Writer's pictureMariane Bekker

3 Must-Read Books for Engineering Managers



I became an engineering manager after five years of working in various IC roles and ended up managing over 60 engineers in my career. I must admit, nothing could have prepared me for the complexity of managing people compared to dealing with computers. However, I found some books that really helped me become a great manager.


These books helped me navigate complex team dynamics, motivate my direct reports, and effectively collaborate with other departments.


“The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change” by Camille Fournier


Managing people in the tech industry presents its own challenges, as management itself is a technical discipline. In this practical guide, author Camille Fournier, who transitioned from a tech lead to a CTO, provides valuable insights into each stage of the journey from engineer to technical manager. Fournier offers advice on how to navigate growth and change, build effective teams, and manage the unique dynamics of the tech industry. With real-world examples and actionable strategies, this book equips you with the tools and frameworks to thrive as an engineering manager.


“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick M. Lencioni


Building and leading a high-performing team is crucial for any engineering manager. In this engaging leadership fable, Patrick M. Lencioni explores the five dysfunctions that often hinder teams from reaching their full potential. Through storytelling, you’ll gain valuable insights into the dynamics of team building and discover actionable steps to overcome common hurdles. This book emphasizes the importance of trust, healthy conflict, commitment, accountability, and collective results. By implementing Lencioni’s principles, you’ll be able to cultivate a cohesive and effective team that drives success.


“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie


As an engineering manager, your ability to influence others is vital to your success. Dale Carnegie’s classic book provides timeless advice on how to effectively influence people in both personal and professional settings. You’ll learn essential skills such as building rapport, fostering positive relationships, and persuading others to align with your ideas. By mastering the principles outlined in this book, you’ll become a more influential leader, capable of motivating and inspiring your team to achieve outstanding results.


These three books offered me valuable insights and practical techniques for hone into my leadership skills. By combining technical expertise with effective management and communication strategies, I was well-equipped to navigate the challenges of leading teams and driving success.


Remember, continuous learning and self-improvement are key to becoming an influential and impactful engineering manager.

 

Mariane Bekker is a passionate advocate for women in tech, an angel investor, and the founder & CEO of Upward, a premier boutique recruitment agency connecting companies with exceptional diverse tech talent. With over a decade of experience leading diverse engineering teams at VC-Backed startups, she’s navigated the intricacies of the startup landscape and understands the unique needs and aspirations of founders. Follow her LinkedIn and Twitter for insights, industry trends, and valuable resources about Startups, Tech, and Diversity.

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Mariane Bekker is a passionate advocate for women in tech, an angel investor, and the founder & CEO of Upward, a premier boutique recruitment agency connecting companies with exceptional diverse tech talent. With over a decade of experience building diverse engineering teams at leading startups, she’s navigated the intricacies of the startup landscape and understands the unique needs and aspirations of founders. Follow her LinkedIn and Twitter for insights, industry trends, and valuable resources about Startups, Tech, and Diversity.

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