A Book on Growing as a Software Engineer

I'm writing a book for developers who want to grow to be better software engineers. Sign up to be notified when it's ready and get updates on its progress.

Who am I?

I'm a developer, who, after a decade of working at startups, Silicon Valley and European tech companies, moved into engineering management. As a developer, I went from being a junior to senior and principal positions. I worked across the stack, doing web, mobile, backend, and distributed systems. As a manager, I coached and mentored engineers with different experience levels and backgrounds. I helped them to grow further, become more efficient, and successfully get promoted to the next level.

What will be in the book?

The book offers guidance on how to grow as an engineer, at a tech company. It follows the structure of a typical career path of a software engineer, from starting off as a junior, levelling up to an experienced engineer, all the way to being successful at the staff/principle/distinguished position, making an organization-wide impact. It summarizes key lessons learned during my 10+ years developer career and the last few years of mentoring and coaching engineers.

The book also addresses the most common challenges engineers working at tech companies have and at fast-growing startups have. It touches on using modern tools and operating large systems day-to-day.

Who is this book for?

It's for software developers, who work at a company and want to grow further. My experience comes from working at tech companies and startups - however, the advice shared should be applicable across software engineering, as a whole. It covers the "hard" parts of software engineering (code, architecture, getting things done), the "softer" parts (communication, teamwork, influencing others), and dives into career progression.

It's also for engineering leads and managers, who want to get hands-on tips on how to mentor, coach, and grow engineers into better versions of themselves.

Much of the content of the book comes from my personal journey and from having helped many engineers grow faster. It's especially useful for people working at or wanting to work at tech companies and startups.

How is this book different from others?

I've found very few good resources on how to grow as a software engineer, outside of getting better at coding. There are a lot of good books on how to write clean code and refactor well, but few ones that help answer the question: "how can I become a better software engineer, working at a tech company?". Since becoming a manager, I found myself helping developers grow to the next level. The more people I've mentored, the more I found myself repeating similar advice. While some of this advice was technical, some of it had nothing to with coding. It did have a lot to do with communication, influencing people, making your voice heard, thinking strategically and owning your career.

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