Through providing career-coaching services to engineers, I know that the most common problem that developing engineers are trying to solve is how to become a successful engineering manager. After spending the early part of their engineering career becoming confident in their technical skills, many engineers are ready to take the steps required to become an engineering manager. The problem is that there are no specific steps to become a successful engineering manager; the path is different for everyone.
If you could develop a drink, that when an engineer drank it, they would instantly become a successful engineering manager, I am convinced that it would make you a millionaire.
Since I haven’t developed that drink (yet), instead I would like to offer five recommendations from my hundreds of hours coaching both successful and unsuccessful engineering managers. I am pretty sure this will be a multiple part post as I have more than 5 recommendations, but these are the first 5 that come to mind. [Read more…]