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 wish I had this manual to give my engineers when I was a VP of Engineering at Twitter. This summarizes and presents everything I used to tell my team."
- Raffi Krikorian, Former Engineering VP at Twitter

"I hope more people embrace Edmond's philosophy and techniques to make their companies and careers more successful."
- Bret Taylor, CEO of Quip & Former CTO of Facebook


"A computer science degree teaches you how software works, but doesn't teach you how to work as a software engineer. This book bridges the gap, teaching you the lessons that it normally takes years to master."
- Zach Brock, Engineering Manager at Square

"The Effective Engineer walks you through the critical best practices -- from goal setting, to prioritization, to making data-driven decisions -- that can increase the results of your efforts and the subsequent value of your work."
- Tamar Bercovici, Senior Engineering Manager at Box


"I'm a big believer in learning by just doing and don't typically buy into self-help style books. However, I worked with Edmond side-by-side in my first job and learned a tremendous amount from him. I was eager to read this book and found lots of new and actionable lessons. Many of the techniques on time management and leverage would've saved me countless hours in the past."
- Ilya Sukhar, Co-Founder and CEO of Parse (acquired by Facebook)


"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."
- Daniel Peng, Senior Staff Engineer at Google


"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."
- Jack Heart, Engineering Manager at Asana

About the Author

For the past decade, Edmond Lau has worked as a software engineer in some of the top technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Google, Ooyala, Quora, and Quip. He's passionate about building great engineering teams, and he's interviewed over 500+ engineering candidates throughout his career as well as spoken to teams across the country on how to build great engineering cultures. At Quora, he built out the onboarding and mentoring programs used to train dozens of new engineering hires. His engineering and career advice has been featured on Forbes, Time, Slate, Inc., and Fortune. He's also guest lectured at both MIT and Stanford on software design. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's in Computer Science from MIT.

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  • 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
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's like every other average book on this topic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of practical advice on how to get more done as a software developer
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool for people who haven't optimized their tooling already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book, I recommend it
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