Empowering Frontline Engineering Managers: Essential Resources and Strategies

Frontline Engineering Managers Resources

This is a curated list of talks, books, and other resources for front line engineering managers. Hopefully you can find them useful. Whenever I find another resource that is worth adding, I will update this list. Suggestions are always appreciated.


Software Engineering Management Specific

There are not that many books specific to managing software engineering teams so I have tried to list all known books here.




Other lists

Assessment Tools



  • Manager Tools Podcast
  • HBR IdeaCast
  • Simple Leadership – the podacst for technology leaders

Software Tools

  • 1on1tracker.com One on one tracking app for managers
  • Lighthouse Lighthouse helps you motivate your team, and prevent turnover, by helping you focus on the most important thing: Your People
  • Vibe Morale Meter for Teams
  • 101 questions Automatically pick three things to ask in 1 on 1 meetings


  • Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility
  • The Hubspot Culture Code
  • Engineering your culture: How to keep your engineers happy

Posts and Blogs

  • This 90-Day Plan Turns Engineers into Remarkable Managers
  • Google’s re:Work Manager Guide
  • What Great Managers Do
  • Average Manager vs. Great Manager Explained in 10 sketches
  • Google’s Quest to Build a Better Boss
  • A Manager’s FAQ
  • Unintuitive Things I’ve Learned about Management (Part 1)
  • You waste a lot of time at work Infographic
  • Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
  • Managing the Unmanageable: Resources
  • Results Or People: Where Should A Leader Focus?
  • Ron Lichty: Thoughts on random acts of software engineering management…
  • Simple Leadership - Fast track to technology leadership
  • What are good questions to ask employees in one on one meetings? I just want my employees to be happy and productive. How can I make sure we’re having good, honest, productive conversations?
  • Unintuitive Things I’ve Learned about Management (Part 1)
  • Share your Manager README

Email Newsletters

  • Software Lead Weekly
  • Tech Leadership Weekly
  • Leading Software People
  • CTO Insights


  • Picard Tips
  • Thinkers50


  • “There are no bad soldiers, only bad officers.” - Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” ― Archilochos
  • “Reading a book about management isn’t going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts.” ― Drew Houston
  • “The prevailing system of management has crushed fun out of the workplace.” ― W. Edwards Deming
  • “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “What’s measured improves” - Peter F. Drucker


  • Dilbert cartoons tagged with management


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