This article leans slightly towards Technology Management but is applicable across disciplines
You’ve been a great senior resource, you’ve lead a team or a project, and you’ve made the decision, along with your manager to transition to some kind of management role. If you are still thinking about it, or wondering what it will be like, start here: This 90-Day Plan Turns Engineers into Remarkable Managers. This article will give you all of the thought starters your need to decide if management is something you want to pursue.
Below are some required reading to add to your utility belt. Start taking a read through these, and make sure you block off the appropriate amount of time each week to continue your learning! This list is meant to be a starting point for new managers, not an all inclusive list of manager resources
- Managing Right for the First Time - This book is intended as a field guide for first time managers, or for managers who want to begin doing a better job. David Baker worked closely with 600+ companies and interviewed more than 10,000 employees, then summarized the findings in an interesting and eminently readable form. Read this book and you’re likely to understand management and leadership like you never have before, but also learn very practical steps toward becoming a better manager and leader.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - Note: I’m not advocating for using the GTD system. Use what works for you. However, the first half of this book is a gold mine for how to think about planning, resources, and managing your own and other’s tasks. I personally do use GTD, but the lessons, and the way of thinking that this book opens up is transferable to any system. It got me thinking about planning and delegating in different and exciting ways. Read the introduction and I guarantee that you’ll see scenarios you recognize and want to scream “YES, YES I DEAL WITH THIS. I HATE IT! HOW DO I FIX IT?”
- The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business - This book is, but isn’t about MBA. It’s a toolkit of how to handle various situations and grow your skill set. It’s not meant to be read cover to cover, but peruse the table of contents you’ll see things you want to read.
- Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results - Great book on emotional intelligence
Articles to read
Websites to subscribe to
- Harvard Business Review - I subscribe to these tags and have learned SO much: Coaching, Decision Making, Leadership, Leadership, Motivating People, Leading Teams, Managing People, Communication, Managing Yourself, Productivity, Work-Life Balance
- Software Lead Weekly
- Marc Hedlund’s Blog - This hasn’t been updated in a few years, but skim the article list. Lots of good things
- Manager Tools Podcast - A huge library of how to deal with any situation. Skim the list, there will be something in there you want to learn about. Don’t forget to subscribe!
*Thanks to mshmsh5000 and jessicalippke for input
If you have anything that should be on this starter list, let me know!