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Becoming a Technical Leader:
An Organic Problem-Solving Approach

by Gerald M. Weinberg
foreword by Ken Orr

ISBN: 978-0-932633-02-6  
©1986  304 pages   softcover  
$29.95 (plus shipping)

Subject(s): Technical Leadership

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Make the Transition from
Technical Star to Technical Leader

About the Book

Becoming a Technical Leader is a personalized guide to developing the qualities that make a successful problem-solving leader. The book emphasizes that we all contain the ingredients for leadership, though some elements are better developed than others. "Anyone can improve as a leader simply by building the strength of our weakest elements," author Gerald M. Weinberg writes. "Mr. Universe doesn't have more muscles than I do, just better developed ones."

On one level, the book is an extremely down-to-earth, how-to guide. On a second, it is a set of parables, full of analogies that stick in the mind—the art of management taught through stories about pinball, tinkertoys, and electric blankets. On yet another level, this is a book about the philosophy and psychology of managing technical projects. On every level, the author brings these entertaining and enlightening elements together to teach you the essentials of leadership.

You'll learn how to

  • master your fear of becoming a leader
  • be creative in solving problems
  • motivate people while maintaining quality
  • gain organizational power
  • plan personal change.

Whether you manage people, are managed by people, or just want to change the way you interact with others, this book is about success. How to plan it, how to make it happen—Becoming a Technical Leader shows you how to do it!


"This wonderful book is a how-to guide for understanding what leadership is and how to develop your own leadership skills as well as support team members in developing theirs."

Eileen and Wayne Strider,
Software Testing and Quality Engineering

"This is an excellent book for anyone who is a leader, who wants to be a leader, or who thinks only people with 'leader' or 'manager' in their title are leaders."

Elisabeth Hendrickson,
Quality Tree Consulting

"This book can be described briefly as a guide to developing personal leadership potential, but it is much more than that . . . it is filled with useful insights into personal growth as a professional."

 —Journal of Systems Management

"always fascinating . . . focuses our attention on what it takes to make teams of thinking technical people work effectively together."

 —IEEE Computer

"twenty-four well-reasoned, thought-provoking chapters on making the change from technical star to problem-solving leader . . . extremely practical and down-to-earth. . . ."


". . . One constant about Gerald Weinberg: He is a master storyteller. At times I forget that I'm reading a technical book. . . . The book does a good job of describing both the obstacles to motivation, organization and innovation, and ways to promote them. It also describes how to transition to leadership, where you'll have a whole new set of rules but no rulebook. . . . The part of the book that I enjoyed the most is the epilogue where GW offers some really good advice on the need to think about whether or not you want to be a leader.

"It takes many leaders to create software that is successful. And whether or not you have Leader in your title this book will help you become a problem solver and someone that others look to for advice and leadership."

—Mark Plesko

Table of Contents

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Also Recommended

Dr. Peeling's Principles of Management, by Nic Peeling

Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations, by Robert D. Austin

Quality Software Management, Vol. 3: Congruent Action, by Gerald M. Weinberg

Roundtable on Technical Leadership: A SHAPE Forum Dialogue, edited by Gerald M. Weinberg, Marie Benesh, and James Bullock

Understanding the Professional Programmer, by Gerald M. Weinberg

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