• An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

  • By: Will Larson
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Morgan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (275 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There's a saying that people don't leave companies, they leave managers. Management is a key part of any organization, yet the discipline is often self-taught and unstructured. Getting to the good solutions of complex management challenges can make the difference between fulfillment and frustration for teams, and, ultimately, the success or failure of companies.
 

Will Larson's An Elegant Puzzle orients around the particular challenges of engineering management - from sizing teams to technical debt to succession planning - and provides a path to the good solutions. Drawing from his experience at Digg, Uber, and Stripe, Will Larson has developed a thoughtful approach to engineering management that leaders of all levels at companies of all sizes can apply. An Elegant Puzzle balances structured principles and human-centric thinking to help any leader create more effective and rewarding organizations for engineers to thrive in.

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Good book, terrible narrator.

No flow, no pauses, just terrible. Alexa would have done a better job narrating it.

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Terrible narrator

Sounds like it's being read by a text to speech program. Needs a narrator who can read like a human

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Grow organization as Engineering Manager

It is not another leadership book, but more how to build and grow organization and what kind of challenges you can face as engineering manager, and how to deal with them.
Great source information and inspiration.

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Great content, ruined by a robotic monotoned voice

I love Will Larson, and much of the content in this book and other material. I found myself unable to listen to this for more than a few minutes, because the voice acting is just so bad.

it reads like an instruction manual, by somebody who has no idea what the instructions are building.

therr absolutely needs to be a new edition that brings the material to life rather than killing it.

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The book is awesome, but not for listening

The book is really interesting and practical. Reader may treat it as a set of guides. Because of that it's better to read the book than to listen. Also it makes sense to read just parts you are interested in in the particular moment.

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Insightful, yet succinct

Great read that covers many topics and leaves the reader yearning for more. Will's list of books and white papers at the end has inspired me to do way more reading.

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Good advice to advance your carrer

Good content. Highly recommend the book but probably the audio format is not the best.

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Read by a robot?

The content isn’t bad, but it’s just tough to listen to. Sounds like it’s read by a machine.

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Robotic narration

It has a robotic narration and a useless table of contents. No description on the chapters and over an hour long chapters making it impossible to navigate

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Poor table of contents in the audio book

Love the content, however the table of contents of the audio book is useless. It would have been a lot more useful if it has chapter titles and sub chapters

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  • Joe Power
  • 06-14-19

Good primer on Systems Engineering Management

Excellent overview of material that's relevant to current dev managers. Let down by robotic sounding narrator who obviously isn't technical, based on pronunciation of some technical terms

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  • Nando
  • 10-25-21

is this really a human narrating?

this doesn't feel like a human narrating but a text to speech! No emotion whatsoever.

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  • Alex Brown
  • 08-03-22

Good book badly narrated

The book has makes some really good points and has great takeaways for any engineering leader, but it’s narrated so poorly. It sounds like an AI, no personality. It makes it difficult to follow sometimes.