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Engineering Management for the Rest of Us

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Join us at the next edition of Bookmarked where Suzan Bond will be joined by Sarah Drasner, who has 10+ years of experience in engineering management at all levels, from Lead to VP, to discuss her newest book ‘Engineering Management for the Rest of Us’.

It can be very tough for those of us who didn’t go into Engineering with the distinct concept that we would become managers, but still want to do our best to support our teams. The most appealing aspect of the book is that it focuses on situations and real world examples, presented from Sarah's own experiences and learnings. In Engineering Management for the Rest of Us, she gives us a plethora of stories, through which she explores challenges and outlines processes that have worked time and again for her and her teams.I highly recommend this book to anyone in any career, moving up the ladder and noticing that leading a team will be a task — sooner or later. I picked this book up to see if anything would resonate to determine if it's a career path worth pursuing in the future.

What makes Sarah Drasner’s “Engineering Management for the Rest of Us” stand out for me is its unflinching practicality and candid insights — a testament to the author’s extensive experience in the field. the qualities you're working on developing with an employee are those that will serve them anywhere, not just within the company".Sarah Drasner has more than 10 years of experience in Engineering Management at all levels, from Lead to VP at Netlify, Microsoft and Trulia/Zillow Group. Sarah Drasner, the author, has been a great (and great is an understatement) contributor to the web development space. It’s not just important, it’s crucial that we iterate on our own skills as managers so that we can properly support everyone around us: individuals, peers, leadership, and the business. The book can both provide as guidance for engineering managers and it can guide developers to how they can understand, help, and of course get support from engineering managers. This isn't a tactical guide like many others, which does make it an interesting addition to a library.

Throughout the pages, the author references numerous insightful articles and recommends several valuable books, including "Culture Map", "Drive", "Accelerate", and "The Happiness Advantage".There are plenty of books you can go and read about growing a leadership mindser, or understand what outcomes you want, or your motivations.

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