The Effective Engineer: How to Leverage Your Efforts In Software Engineering to Make a Disproportionate and Meaningful Impact 1st Edition
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"I'd always thought that good engineers were born of long, hard experience, so I didn't think a book could teach me how to be more effective. But in fact, Edmond managed to distill his decade of engineering experience into crystal-clear best practices. There is a world of difference between a great engineering team and good engineering team, and this book will help you bridge that gap."
"The Effective Engineer is a comprehensive tour of our industry's collective wisdom written with clarity. Almost every engineer starting at Asana makes at least one substantial mistake that might have been avoided if they internalized what's written in this book. I'm recommending it to the whole Asana engineering org."
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0996128107
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996128100
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.59 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Effective Bookshelf; 1st Edition (March 19, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- How much have I grown as an engineer?
- What kind of impact have I made?
- Am I proud of what I've been able to accomplish?
- Based on what I'm doing now, what does my career trajectory look like, within the company or elsewhere should I switch jobs?
I wasn't quite satisfied with my personal answers, which made me realize that I needed to understand what is the role of an engineer and what differentiates a standout engineer from an average one.
That led me to this book. Edmond Lau's varied experience in the tech industry, especially his time at Quora while it was an early-stage venture, deeply resonated with me. I saw that he was in my shoes before and yet was not discouraged by the circumstances of having to build a system from the ground-up. Instead, he took on the challenge with enthusiasm, made an indelible impact, and provided tremendous value from both an engineering and business perspective. Understanding how he was able to do that as well as the why is the purpose of this remarkable book, and as a result, I developed a framework that I look forward to applying consistently to help my company succeed.
Highly recommended to any engineer who desires to make a real impact at his or her workplace!
The first main concept of the book is that you should be always analyzing what is the most impactful thing you can do, and focus on doing it.
There is a lot of advice on the right mindset when working, organizing teams, planning, doing the right thing for the product at the right time, etc.
It's short, it's on point, and I highly recommend it, especially, but not exclusively, to software engineers.
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The statements are just so obvious - but without the "wow, I always knew that, but have never been able to put it into words" effect. It's just, "yes, that's obvious, next page..."
I think the advice in this book is good, but don't think it merits the price.
I was not expecting an Holy Grail or "revelation" of how to be an effective engineer/person, because in fact what I found in the book are all well grounded concepts and reasonable advices. What I found helpful however was those general concepts explained and discussed in the context of engineering.
Here is what I enjoyed the most of this book: it was like I could have a nice conversation and sharing of experiences with another engineer, and I've grown especial admiration for the way concepts have been presented and discussed spot-on in the context of engineering.
Lau kommt aus das Software Branche, einige Teile sind daher recht Branchenspezifisch, und auch die Storys kommen aus der Software-Welt im Silicon Valley. Es ist aber keine einzige Zeile Sourcecode im Buch, und auch für andere Ingenieure sind brauchbare Tipps dabei.
Man soll nicht hart arbeiten sondern smart, dann bringt man auch in einer 40 Stunden Woche echt was weiter. Wichtige Sachen zuerst machen, die unwichtigen weglassen, und die Busy-Work automatisieren (reporting, ...). Ein zweiter Focus liegt auf der schnellen und effektiven Einarbeitung von neuen Teammitgliedern. Heruntergebrochen wird es immer wieder auf Return on Investment, wobei hier nicht nur auf das Geld sondern auch auf Zeit und Lebensqualität geschaut wird. Seine Teammitglieder mit Überstunden und Stress zu verfeuern ist viel zu teuer, weil das die Investitionen in Ausbildung und Know-How gefährdet. Stress und Überstunden führen zu Jobwecheln oder Burnout.
Buch liest sich recht flüssig, wenn man halbwegs Englisch kann.