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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? Just wondering if software engineering is for you, and how to get into the industry? Or managing developers, and wondering how?
Send in your question to askanengineeringmanager@gmail.com, and we will tell you what we wish we had known in your place.

Ask an Engineering Manager Elmar Schraml

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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? Just wondering if software engineering is for you, and how to get into the industry? Or managing developers, and wondering how?
Send in your question to askanengineeringmanager@gmail.com, and we will tell you what we wish we had known in your place.

    Typical Mistakes of new engineering managers

    Typical Mistakes of new engineering managers

    What possible mistakes should I be aware of as a new engineering manager? Typical mistakes that almost every new engineering manager makes, why they are bad, and how to avoid them. 

    • 12 min
    016: Unconventional ways to kickstart a career in tech (Interview with William A. Adams)

    016: Unconventional ways to kickstart a career in tech (Interview with William A. Adams)

    How can people without a traditional tech background get access to jobs in technology? As a manager, what can I do to find that kind of talent, and provide on-ramps to a career in tech? What roadblocks are there typically, and how to solve them? For this episode, rather than just me talking, I interviewed an expert in this field: William A. Adams, an engineering manager and advisor to the CTO at Microsoft, with a long history of succesful initiatives to increase diversity in tech hiring. 
    Find more info at aka.ms/leap and william-a-adams.com

    • 38 min
    Holiday Special: Christmas gifts for nerds, Christmas gifts by nerds

    Holiday Special: Christmas gifts for nerds, Christmas gifts by nerds

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

    Some services or products mentioned:
    Online backup: https://www.backblaze.com/cloud-backup.html
    Photo backup: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.clouddrive.photos
    PC Remote control: https://www.teamviewer.com/en/products/teamviewer/
    my favorite ebook reader: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KTZ8249
    iOS podcast app: https://overcast.fm/
    Android podcast app (also cross-platform): https://www.pocketcasts.com/
    Holiday gifts for nerds - what you can give the nerd in your life that they would not think of themselves
    Retro gaming:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_NES_Classic_Edition
    https://genesismini.sega.com/
    https://gpd.hk/gpdxdplus
    Coffee table books:
    iconic: a photographic tribute to apple
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/098858171X/
    super nes or mega drive pixel book https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/the-snes-pixel-book
    Atlas obscura https://www.amazon.de/Atlas-Obscura-Explorers-Worlds-Wonders/dp/1523506482
    the geek atlas
    https://www.amazon.de/Geek-Atlas-Places-Science-Technology/dp/0596523203

    • 26 min
    Books: What are the best books about software engineering?

    Books: What are the best books about software engineering?

    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 recommended software engineering books mentioned:
    https://bignerdranch.com/books/ios-programming-the-big-nerd-ranch-guide-7th-edition/
    https://www.newline.co/ng-book/2/
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/effective-java/9780134686097/
    http://therubyway.io/
    https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2
    https://pragprog.com/titles/utj2/pragmatic-unit-testing-in-java-8-with-junit/
    https://www.postgresql.org/docs/
    https://pragprog.com/titles/pwrdata/seven-databases-in-seven-weeks-second-edition/
    https://nostarch.com/howlinuxworks3
    http://regex.info/book.html
    https://www.algorist.com/
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/code-complete-second/0735619670/
    https://pragprog.com/titles/tpp20/the-pragmatic-programmer-20th-anniversary-edition/
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3735293-clean-code
    https://martinfowler.com/books/refactoring.html
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/85009.Design_Patterns
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/head-first-design/9781492077992/
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/head-first-object-oriented/0596008678/
    https://www.dddcommunity.org/book/evans_2003/
    https://www.infoq.com/minibooks/domain-driven-design-quickly/
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/domain-driven-design-distilled/9780134434964/
    https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2000/04/06/things-you-should-never-do-part-i/
    https://martinfowler.com/architecture/
    https://pragprog.com/titles/mnee2/release-it-second-edition/
    https://dataintensive.net/
    https://hpbn.co/
    https://www.joelonsoftware.com/category/uibook/
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41790.User_Interface_Design_for_Programmers
    https://sensible.com/dont-make-me-think/
    https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/the-non-designers-design/9780133966350/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mythical_Man-Month
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peopleware:_Productive_Projects_and_Teams
    https://www.pearson.com/us/higher-education/product/Pindyck-Microeconomics-9th-Edition/9780134184241.html
    https://freakonomics.com/books/
    https://timharford.com/books/undercovereconomist/
    https://www.kalzumeus.com/greatest-hits/
    https://twitter.com/patio11
    https://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=patio11
    https://stripe.com/en-de/guides
    https://press.stripe.com/

    • 28 min
    What should I wear to a job interview?

    What should I wear to a job interview?

    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 the episode.
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    • 10 min
    Skills: How important are foreign languages?

    Skills: How important are foreign languages?

    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.
     
    Want to have your questions answered? Send them to askanengineeringmanager@gmail.com

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    • 13 min

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