Books for software engineers and managers

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The Phoenix Project
The Phoenix Project

A novel about transformational leadership in technology

The DevOps Handbook
The DevOps Handbook

A pragmatic technical guide to implementing ideas from Accelerate

On Writing Well
On Writing Well

The practical guide to non-fiction writing

Accelerate
Accelerate

The most important book on software delivery performance

Peopleware
Peopleware

A holistic and people-first view of software engineering management

Making Work Visible
Making Work Visible

Fantastic description of using kanban boards to improve software delivery

How Google Works
How Google Works

Practical advice on product strategy and people management

Never Split the Difference
Never Split the Difference

Practical guide to everyday negotiations

Unlocking the Clubhouse
Unlocking the Clubhouse

Research on the gender gap in computer science

Founders at Work
Founders at Work

Startup stories and tech history

Clean Architecture
Clean Architecture

Pragmatic advice for transforming readable code into a solid architecture

Code Complete
Code Complete

The book every junior to mid-level engineer should read to improve their code

Difficult Conversations
Difficult Conversations

Pragmatic advice with examples for initiating and executing difficult conversations

Range
Range

Developing expertise through sampling periods, slow learning, and breadth

Clean Code
Clean Code

The book on code quality I wish every engineering job applicant would read

The Mythical Man Month
The Mythical Man Month

The origin of Brooks’s Law and look into the counterintuitive world of software engineering management

The Lean Startup
The Lean Startup

Exploring and implementing the Build-Measure-Learn model

The Hard Thing About Hard Things
The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The no-nonsense book about engineering and startup leadership

High Output Management
High Output Management

The engineering management book everyone references

Doing Agile Right
Doing Agile Right

Developing agile enterprises by extending agile principles to business support functions

The Unicorn Project
The Unicorn Project

A story about rebellion against bureaucracy and corporate politics to delivery customer results

Hackers & Painters
Hackers & Painters

The culture and languages of makers

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Quality is hard to define but we know it exists somewhere

Brotopia
Brotopia

The book I wish everyone would read before pontificating about how to get more women into tech

First, Break All the Rules
First, Break All the Rules

Leveraging talent to drive individual and team performance

Ask Me This Instead
8
Ask Me This Instead

How to interview the company, not just having them interview you

The Score Takes Care of Itself
8
The Score Takes Care of Itself

Leadership lessons told through football stories

Managing Humans
8
Managing Humans

Cynical but revealing guide to engineering management

The Launch Pad
8
The Launch Pad

From application to Demo Day, a look into Y Combinator

An Elegant Puzzle
8
An Elegant Puzzle

Practical advice on managing software engineering teams

Working in Public
8
Working in Public

Why developers create open source projects and how they are maintained at scaled

SQL Antipatterns
8
SQL Antipatterns

Database design pitfalls that you will make if you haven’t already

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
8
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

The guide to beautiful and useful graphics

20 YC Lessons
8
20 YC Lessons

Presentation Notes from YCombinator’s Startup School

The E-Myth Revisited
8
The E-Myth Revisited

The case for systematization and working on the business, not just in the business

Slack
8
Slack

The counterpoint to efficiency in software engineering teams

Outcomes Over Output
8
Outcomes Over Output

An introduction to outcomes-based thinking and planning

Wooden on Leadership
8
Wooden on Leadership

Lessons on coaching and leadership that easily translate to managing software engineering

Strategy Rules
8
Strategy Rules

An insightful read that’s part history, part business, part technology

Persuasive Copywriting
8
Persuasive Copywriting

Practical copywriting tips highly applicable to recruiting and product development

Pragmatic Thinking & Learning
8
Pragmatic Thinking & Learning

An introduction to the Dreyfus Model of skill acquisition

Drift into Failure
8
Drift into Failure

How systems fail and our broken mental model for understanding complexity

The Making of a Manager
8
The Making of a Manager

A pragmatic and human centered introduction for new managers

System Design Interview
7
System Design Interview

Real-world system design interview questions that also help you excel in your current role

Only the Paranoid Survive
7
Only the Paranoid Survive

Recognizing and leading companies through strategic inflection points

Coders at Work
7
Coders at Work

Interviews with software development legends

When Coffee & Kale Compete
7
When Coffee & Kale Compete

Solving customer problems not building features

Working Effectively With Legacy Code
7
Working Effectively With Legacy Code

Refactorings to increase the testability of legacy code

Show Your Work
7
Show Your Work

The quick and inspirational guide to self promotion through content

Matchmakers
7
Matchmakers

A good introduction to multisided platform thinking

The Problem with Software
7
The Problem with Software

A brief history of computer programming, plus analysis of the gap between academia and industry

Staff Engineer
7
Staff Engineer

Beyond senior engineer on the technical leadership track

Beyond Basketball
7
Beyond Basketball

Leadership stories and lessons from Coach K

Thinking in Systems
7
Thinking in Systems

A primer on system thinking through stocks and flows

Designing for Behavior Change
7
Designing for Behavior Change

Applying behavior change science to software design and development

The Master Algorithm
7
The Master Algorithm

Machine learning primer for technically-minded people

Practical Monitoring
7
Practical Monitoring

A quick read covering the basics of monitoring

Designing Data-Intensive Applications
7
Designing Data-Intensive Applications

Highly technical guide to modern data storage systems

Release It!
7
Release It!

Technical primer on resilience engineering

Technical Recruiting & Hiring
7
Technical Recruiting & Hiring

Tactical guide to candidate evaluation and processing

Flow
7
Flow

The science of being in the zone

The Elements of Scrum
6
The Elements of Scrum

Introduction to the mechanics of agile development

Get Together
6
Get Together

Growing offline and online communities

Lifting the Barriers
6
Lifting the Barriers

Collection of ideas to increase girls’ interest in tech

Foundations of Security
6
Foundations of Security

Security threats programmers need to defend against

The Long Tail
6
The Long Tail

The end of monopoly hits and rise of niches

Traction
6
Traction

Broad introduction to 19 channels for gaining traction

The Design of Everyday Things
6
The Design of Everyday Things

Why products look the way they do, for better and worse

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy At Work
6
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy At Work

Calling BS on workplace heroics that have become standard

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
6
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A quick read self-help guide to focusing on what you care about and ignoring the rest

Remote
6
Remote

The case for working remotely even after COVID

The Pragmatic Programmer
6
The Pragmatic Programmer

Look into the world of professional software development

Data Pipelines Pocket Reference
5
Data Pipelines Pocket Reference

Using SQL and Python to create data pipelines

Make Your Bed
5
Make Your Bed

Life lessons on doing the little things right

Women in Tech
5
Women in Tech

Advice for women joining the tech industry

The $100 Startup
5
The $100 Startup

Inspirational stories about small businesses started as side hustles

A Philosophy of Software Design
5
A Philosophy of Software Design

An introduction to useful coding practices

Discipline Equals Freedom
4
Discipline Equals Freedom

Quick motivational speeches from a Navy SEAL

Business @ the Speed of Thought
4
Business @ the Speed of Thought

The one from 1999 where Bill Gates predicts the future

SEO 2021
3
SEO 2021

A very shallow look into SEO and SEM

Lovability
3
Lovability

Introduction to a complete product experience mindset