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Ask an Engineering Manager

Real answers to questions about work and life in software development.

Are you just starting your first software development job? Or working towards that next step in your career, and wondering how to work more effectively with your boss and teammates? Just wondering if software engineering is for you, and how to get into the industry? Or managing developers, and wondering how?

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Nov 21, 2021

Holiday gifts from nerds - how you can give the gift of technology to make your loved ones' lifes better.

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Oct 31, 2021

This time the title says it all: The best books about software engineers, and for software engineers, from timeless classics to books that everybody knows and nobdy reads, to books that are not about software development at all but still highly recommended for programmers.


The giant list of links to all the...

Oct 3, 2021

One of the most frequent topics when giving advice to new graduates about an upcoming job interview is: "What is a suitable outfit for a job interview?". The most important answer here is: Do not worry too much about it, what you are wearing is much less important than you think. For more details, listen to...

Sep 20, 2021

How important are foreign languages for a career in software development?

There are really two kinds of foreign languages: English - and everything else. We talk about why that is, what matters about being able communicate in a foreign languages, and some good ways to learn.


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Sep 5, 2021

I assume the questions is supposed to mean "What does an engineering manager actually do?" But to start with, lets answer the question literally: If you've wanted to know what an example of a work week looks like for me, here's your chance to find out. 

Then we go deeper into what determines the parts of the job of an...