Good engineering manager vs Bad engineering manager

Good engineering manager vs Bad engineering manager

Inspired by the great book by Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, and specifically by this post about good product manager/bad product manager, I felt the urge to re-write it — but this time about engineering managers. From my experience of leading, mentoring and growing dozens of engineering managers I believe there is a huge difference between good engineering managers and bad engineering managers. It might seem very small for some, but in reality only the former can actually build 10x engineering teams.