Resources I love

Free Email Stuff

Better Manager Email Crash Course

Email Newsletter

Free Webinars

Webinar: Building Self-Improving Agency Teams

Webinar Replay: Effective Discovery Project for Digital Agencies

Webinar Replay: Time Management for Tech Leaders

Webinar Replay: Getting Actionable Feedback from Developers

Webinar Replay: Managing Contractors from Day 1

Webinar Replay: Learn to hire Dependable Contractors

Webinar Replay: Time Management for Tech Leaders

Free Guides and Cheat Sheets

The Delegation Manual for Technical Leads

The Developer Delegation Checklist

The One-on-One Meeting Framework for Software Managers / Leads

Free Videos About Leading Developers

Grow Happy Developers YouTube Channel

Leadership Books

These books might be written for all kinds of leaders, but we have a lot to learn from them.  All of them are worth your time, I promise.  In fact, much of my writing and training is inspired directly from these books!

The Trusted Advisor – Recommended by Marcus

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling – Recommended by Marcus

The Truth About Leadership – Recommended by Amy

Crucial Conversations – Recommended by Marcus

Lead from the Heart – Recommended by Jason

It’s Okay to be the Boss – Recommended by Eliza

The 27 Challenges Managers Face – Recommended by Marcus

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Recommended by Marcus

Agile & Technology Books

More and more people are writing about leading programmers, or creating great software teams, and that makes me happy!  I have a lot more books to go in this section, but this is a good start.

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great – Recommended by Johanna

Leading Snowflakes – Recommended by Marcus

Behind Closed Doors

Are Your Lights On? – Recommended by Scott

Becoming a Technical Leader – Recommended by Bill

Managing Humans – Recommended by Tobie

Self Reflection / Improvement Books

In order to manage others, we must manage ourself first.  Our time.  Our attitude.  Our reactions.  Our focus.  These books have helped me do that for many years.

Soft Skills

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in your Work and Life – Recommended by Stef

Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time – Recommended by Stef

The War of Art – Recommended by Marcus

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment– Recommended by Marcus

Selling & Negotiating Books

If you don’t think Selling and Negotiating are part of your job, think again. You have to sell your boss on ideas, sell clients on technical directions, and sell you team on following you every day. Reading these books BEFORE you need them will save you a mountain of heart ache, I promise.

The Power of a Positive No: Save The Deal Save The Relationship and Still Say No – Recommended by Stef

Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations – Recommended by Stef

Fearless Salary Negotiation – Recommended by John

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In – Recommended by Stef


Harvard Business Review Magazine – Recommended by Julias

Email Newsletters

Software Lead Weekly

Tech Leadership Weekly

Hearding Cats


Rands in Repose

Julie Zhuo

John Sonmez on becoming a Lead Developer


Mentoring Developers Podcast

Managing Smartly Podcast

Manager Tools Podcast – Recommended by Jason