David Mytton

Book Review (3/5) – Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach (Gerald M. Weinberg)

Published (updated: ) in Book Reviews.

Originally published on Goodreads.

This book reads more like a collection of ordered essays. They link together and flow well, but the level of depth is variable. Some topics are described and explained in a lot of detail. In those cases, the concepts are well explained and communicated clearly. However, some topics seem like it’s only just getting started. 

For example, one chapter proposes the idea of daily journalling. It implies that the value is in the future when you can review what you’ve written and how you are progressing, but it doesn’t actually provide any methodology or “what to look for”. It’s left to the reader to determine what the point is. This is a shame because I have heard about journalling as a self-improvement mechanism before. Understanding how it could be used in the context of improving your own management skills would be interesting.

Overall I would recommend this book to technical managers because there are some important discussions of human interaction models, but it’s a bit hit and miss.