The most effective engineers — the ones who have risen to become distinguished engineers and leaders at their companies — can produce 10 times the impact of other engineers, but they're not working 10 times the hours.
They've internalized a mindset that took me years of trial and error to figure out. I'm going to share that mindset with you — along with hundreds of actionable techniques and proven habits — so you can shortcut those years.
Introducing The Effective Engineer — the only book designed specifically for today's software engineers, based on extensive interviews with engineering leaders at top tech companies, and packed with hundreds of techniques to accelerate your career.
For two years, I embarked on a quest seeking an answer to one question:
How do the most effective engineers make their efforts, their teams, and their careers more successful?
I interviewed and collected stories from engineering VPs, directors, managers, and other leaders at today's top software companies: established, household names like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn; rapidly growing mid-sized companies like Dropbox, Square, Box, Airbnb, and Etsy; and startups like Reddit, Stripe, Instagram, and Lyft.
These leaders shared stories about the most valuable insights they've learned and the most common and costly mistakes that they've seen engineers — sometimes themselves — make.
This is just a small sampling of the hard questions I posed to them:
Everyone's story is different, but many of the lessons share common themes.
You'll get to hear stories like:
What's more, I've distilled their stories into actionable habits and lessons that you can follow step-by-step to make your career and your team more successful.
The skills used by effective engineers are all learnable.
And I'll teach them to you. With The Effective Engineer, I'll teach you a unifying framework called leverage — the value produced per unit of time invested — that you can use to identify the activities that produce disproportionate results.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the lessons you'll learn. You'll learn how to: