- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (June 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484211340
- ISBN-13: 978-1484211342
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,191,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Great Software Engineering Teams: Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Your Team from Startup to Success 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Josh Tyler is VP of Engineering and Design at Course Hero, an education technology company. He was previously Director of Software Engineering at Suitable Technologies and worked in the field of human-computer interaction as a UX architect, software developer, and researcher at Willow Garage, Zvents, Hewlett Packard, and Xerox PARC. Tyler holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington University and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University
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As the title indicates, this book is definitely geared towards more technical teams (and it does get detailed on that front at times). However, as a manager of a team that does not focus on engineering or design, I can say that this book was still tremendously helpful. Seeing things from a different perspective, and seeing examples from a different environment, can actually be very beneficial, as those different angles help you see and understand problems and lessons that you may not have fully comprehended before (or maybe you thought you did, but you soon realize that there was more to the puzzle).
Overall, this book is a great read for anybody that manages, or aspires to manage, a team of humans (regardless of the industry). It is also a book that you can circle back to time and again to gauge the success of both yourself and your team, so I will most definitely be keeping it on my desk as a manual to remind myself of what needs to be done to successfully, and consistently, grow, manage, and lead a successful team.
If you work in software, this is a must get for your reference library.
The book includes actionable recruiting tactics and explains the thought process behind creating an effective hiring strategy so you can establish one that fits your own specific needs. It's particularly useful to anyone who is responsible for taking an early stage company with traction to the next level of growth through talent acquisition.
The last few chapters break down the essence of management in a very honest way. The personal stories will remind you that being a manager means making hard decisions, including when to fire someone, and you’ll work through a few exercises to help you understand whether or not that’s a path you want to continue down.
Finally, the book reminds you that as a manager you work for your team rather than the other way around. Managers who understand this will set their teams up for success and then get out of the way. Managers who do not will create a layer of bureaucracy, which means a slow death to innovation. It’s a refreshing and inspiring read, and there's plenty to learn from it.
Anecdotes and a conversational tone make this a quick and enjoyable read. But don’t be fooled by the casual writing style -- you’ll come away with actionable items and a detailed strategy to start building a top-notch team.