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Frustration Free Technical Management: Proven Techniques to Thrive as a Manager Paperback – November 20, 2009
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It is a fantastic read for the first time managers as well as the more experienced.
Author's advices and suggestions are simply excellent! Written in a very open, friendly and accesible language, this is the book on how to be a successful manager and how to get things done. The book is written in a very positive tone - looking to help the manager to remain positive as well as motivate, develop and get the best out of people. I very much like how the frustrations and solutions are numbered - perfect for my technical mind.
I suspect this is the kind of book I will keep re-reading every so often.
A must-have on every technical manager's bookshelf!
The great thing about this book is that it has easily digestible content that gives some good examples of real-world situations where frustrations can build up. Once you understand that others have the same frustrations as you do, it's a lot easier to find common ground and get on to building fantastic products.
I would highly recommend Frustration Free Technical Management 2nd edition to anyone who has to manage technical people.
With all of that said, Jarie outlines some decent best practices around technical management, even if he doesn't really add anything new or different from other resources. If you know absolutely nothing about technical management or management in general, you might get something out of this book. Otherwise I would look elsewhere.
It's also nice to see a management book for knowledge workers as opposed to blue-collar workers. Smart people in a creative field have different problems and options, so traditional "how to lead" stuff never rang true for me.
I like that the book is organized as "Have problem X? Here's 5 solutions." This makes it readable the first time as well as an easy reference guide later on.
I do wish there were more examples to go along with the tips. The tips are good and clear, but sometimes a story about how it was applied in a real situation helps you to understand how to apply it yourself.
A recommended reading for those who either manage or think management is easy.
The book is well-organized and provides a structured approach to technical management. I appreciate the concise solutions to many issues a manager will face. This book has taught me some new and beneficial techniques, and I would highly recommend it to all managers, whether new or seasoned.