Software Management

  • After the Gold Rush
  • Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager - I find there are two general categories of management books: those that emphasize the uncertainty of the job and the need to be flexible and creative, and those that emphasize the known best practices that cover the bulk of a manager's day-to-day work. This book is in the second category, and so will likely be comfortable reading for engineers making the transition to the management track. That doesn't mean it's lightweight or ignores the fuzzy side of things, though. I've been reading Stanier's blog for a while now, and was impressed enough to buy this as soon as it came out. I wasn't disappointed. The book covers everything from getting oriented and meeting your team when you're suddenly thrown in the deep end, to handling reviews and other tricky work, to planning for the big picture. It will definitely live on a close bookshelf in my office. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)
  • Deathmarch
  • Debugging the Development Process
  • Escaping the Build Trap - A solid read for anyone who aspires to be a product manager, works with product managers and wants to understand what they do, or who wants to drive their organization towards being product-led. In other words, pretty much every developer and developer-adjacent employee I've ever know. Melissa Perri does a great job of explaining why turning into a feature factory is a trap, and how to escape by focusing on real value delivery driven by hypothesis and experiment. The book also helps distinguish between project management and product management, and shows why the latter is a critical missing skill in many agile companies. Particularly relevant if you've struggled with deciding which things to deliver, or if you've been handed a veneer of "lean" thinking without any organizational change to philosophy to back it up. (Reviewed by Mike Gunderloy)
  • Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
  • Managing the Unmanageable
  • Memoirs of a Software Team Leader
  • The Mythical Man-Month
  • Peopleware
  • Rapid Development
  • Ship It!
  • Software by Numbers
  • Software for Your Head
  • Software Project Survival Guide
  • Writing Solid Code

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