The year is 2018, and a vast number of challenges are ahead of me as I joined a new team as an infrastructure engineering manager.
To overcome such challenges, I felt the need to educate myself on areas which I didn’t develope while I was an IC. Unfortunately, searching topics about management is not as easy as googling “How to install kubernetes on Ubuntu 16.04” or “How to attach to a docker container” so I decided to go old-school. Below, is the list of the books I read in 2018]():
- Successful Manager’s Handbook: I keep going back to this book almost every week.
- Difficult conversations: It doesn’t matter if you are on the technical or people path this book is a must read.
- Accelerate: This book was an easy read. It has lots of insights and correlation between technical and managerial behaviors. If you are into DevOps you will very much appreciate this book.
- Getting to Yes: There is a lot of negociation and politics that happen in management. Developing skills to reach agreements is fundamental.
- Product management (in practice)
- Google Site Reliability Engineering I and II: I decided that it was time to re-read SRE I as now I am looking for different type of information. I found good gems while I was going through them.
- The Manager’s Path: There is nothing I can say about this book that haven’t said already in Twitter.
- The subtle art of not givin a F*ck: Well we all have our moments.
- Rework: I am a fan of Basecamp books.
- The hard things about hard things: Not everything is easy, Ben’s book help you put some things into perspective
- My first 90 days: If you are a new manager or if you want to take a step into this exciting career this is a must read.
- Remote: The folks from basecamp have a long story of remote work, this book gives a lot of insides on what does this way of live entails.
- Tribes - We need you to lead us
- Nonviolent communication
- The fighter’s Mind: Inside the mental game
- Ego is the Enemy: As I work on my self-awareness I am grateful I found this book.
- Writing without bullshit: I am grateful that I found this book. We often forget how important it is to value our readers time as we value ours.
2019 starts strong, I have the following books already on my night table]():
- Structures or Why things don’t fall down
- Manager’s handbook
- It doesn’t have to be crazy at work
- Emotional Inteligence
- The dichotonomy of Leadership
If you think I should be reading a particular book, leave it on the comments or ping me in Twitter. I would love to hear from you.