Top Engineering Management books recommended by experts

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Fundamentals of Engineering Management

Understanding the concepts of Engineering Management starts with understanding the fundamentals. On your way to mastery, it's crucial for you to understand how certain concepts were derived, and why things work like they do. Starting with these resources is the best way to do so.

System Engineering Management

System Engineering Management

Using a "total systems management" approach, this book covers everything from initial establishment to system retirement, including design and development, testing, production, operations, maintenance, and support. This new edition has been fully updated to reflect the latest tools and best practices, and includes rich discussion on computer-based modeling and hardware and software systems integration.

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Staff Engineer: Leadership beyond the management track

Staff Engineer: Leadership beyond the management track

What are the skills you need to develop to reach Staff Engineer? Are technical abilities alone sufficient to reach and succeed in that role? How do most folks reach this role? What is your manager’s role in helping you along the way? Will you enjoy being a Staff Engineer or will you toil for years to achieve a role that doesn’t suit you? Staff Engineer: Leadership beyond the management track is a pragmatic look at attaining and operating in Staff engineering roles, building on the lived experience of folks who've walked before you.

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Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager: How to Be the Leader Your Development Team Needs

Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager: How to Be the Leader Your Development Team Needs

Software startups make global headlines every day. As technology companies succeed and grow, so do their engineering departments. In your career, you'll may suddenly get the opportunity to lead teams: to become a manager. But this is often uncharted territory. How can you decide whether this career move is right for you? And if you do, what do you need to learn to succeed? Where do you start? How do you know that you're doing it right? What does "it" even mean? And isn't management a dirty word? This book will share the secrets you need to know to manage engineers successfully.

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Engineering Management

Engineering Management

This book is intended to serve as textbook for enginerring and managemant courses. It seeks to develop an understanding of the basic managemant concepts required in different engieering disciplines, Meets the specific requirements of students pursuing B.Tech/M.Tech courses, MBA, Post graduate Diploma in Managemant / Engineering Managemant

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Engineering Management for the rest of us

Engineering Management for the rest of us

There’s a lot to be purposeful about that many of us learn on the job, and worse: learn on people. This book provides some organization for collaborating with networks of people, working together towards a common purpose.

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An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

Will Larson's An Elegant Puzzle orients around the particular challenges of engineering management--from sizing teams to technical debt to succession planning--and provides a path to the good solutions. Drawing from his experience at Digg, Uber, and Stripe, Will Larson has developed a thoughtful approach to engineering management that leaders of all levels at companies of all sizes can apply. An Elegant Puzzle balances structured principles and human-centric thinking to help any leader create more effective and rewarding organizations for engineers to thrive in.

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Specializations and Deeper Engineering Management Knowledge

You've got your basics in order – time to move on to some advanced and specialized concepts. Engineering Management is evolving every day, these books can help you master it.

97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts

97 Things Every Engineering Manager Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts

Managing people is hard, and the industry as a whole is bad at it. Many managers lack the experience, training, tools, texts, and frameworks to do it well. From mentoring interns to working in senior management, this book will take you through the stages of management and provide actionable advice on how to approach the obstacles you’ll encounter as a technical manager.

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