The Engineering Manager's Survival Guide

Backstory ๐Ÿ’ก

I'm Nico, since 2009, I have acted as a software engineer, lead developer, technical project manager, engineering manager, vice-president of engineering, and chief product officer.

During this journey, I led and grew a team from a few engineers building a new product to a department of 70+ teammates delivering an enterprise suite.

My hardest personal shift was the transition from software engineer to engineering manager. Since then, Iโ€™ve been mentoring engineering managers. Engineering managers I hired or promoted as well as, engineering managers working in different companies and various fields.

During these mentoring sessions, a lot of common questions are coming up. That's why I decided to write The Engineering Manager's Survival Guide. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Who are you? ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

  • software engineer or team leader and you wonder if you should make this career move?
  • just promoted to engineering manager and you need help?
  • seasoned engineering manager and you want to refresh your knowledge?
  • VP of engineering looking for a guide to train new engineering managers?

Content ๐Ÿ“

I'm currently writing this guide, here is the current content:

  • Preface
  • Engineering Manager
    • Career Ladder
    • Mission
    • Pillars
    • Archetypes
    • Anti-Patterns
    • Motivations
    • The Shift
    • Manage Your Time
  • People
    • Leadership
    • Earn Trust
    • Alignment
    • Communication
    • Master The Context
    • Your Team
    • All Models Are Wrong
    • Conwayโ€™s Law
    • Tuckmanโ€™s Stages
    • Bus Factor
    • Your Reports
    • One on One
    • Learn to Delegate
    • Mentoring
  • Process
    • I'm currently writing this chapter โœ
  • Acknowledgments

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