DevRel/Engineering Leadership Resources
Beginning my journey into engineering management, check out the leadership resources shared with me by my network.
I recently accepted an offer to manage a team of open source developer advocates. When I announced my new role on Twitter I also used it as an opportunity to ask for engineering leadership resources because while I’ve done a ton of interviewing, hiring, training, mentoring, teaching, public speaking, team building, etc over the years, I’ve never actually officially been a people manager. The response was overwhelming and I’m so grateful to my network for the plethora of resources they shared! I thought this list might be helpful to others embarking on their leadership journey in tech. Many of these resources are books, and you can (and should!) buy the books from your favorite local bookstore, but if it doesn’t matter to you, where possible I’ve provided my favorite local book seller so that you can support them instead of the big turds. I also highly recommend you follow all the amazing people who shared their recs with me because they are all wonderful humans.
My crowdsourced list of devrel/software engineering leadership resources in no particular order…
Resource: An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
2nd Resource for same author: Newsletter for Irrational Exuberance.
By: Will Larson
Recommended by @Josh_Atwell
Resource: “Things I’ve Learnt from My Transition from Engineer to Engineering Manager” (10 minute video)
By: Anuja Kelkar
Recommended by Reshama Shaikh
Resource: Becoming a Leader in Product Development: An Evidence-Based Guide to the Essentials
Recommended by @ruthmalan
Resource: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
James Rosen gets a special shoutout for offering four resources that nobody else shared and oddly seem uniquely relevant to me and my particular needs because I need to advocate for the technical careers of my very talented and passionate employees…
Resource: No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work
By: Liz Fosslien, Mollie West Duffy
Resource: The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development
By: Chad Fowler
Resource: Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change
By: Stacey Abrams
Recommended by: Me!
If I had not read that book by Stacey Abrams there is basically no way I would have felt like I could pursue this chapter of my tech career.
Special thanks to all the wonderful coworkers, colleagues, and internet friends who shared their leadership recommendations with me! Hopefully this compilation of resources can be helpful to others as well.