Non-Technical Resources for Software Engineers

“Marcos, if you were to recommend some non-technical resources for Software Engineers, to become better Software Engineers, what those could be?”

One of my good friends here at LinkedIn asked me this very interesting and challenging question.

Why challenging? Because there are so many resources out there, I will try to put my favorite ones here.

Let's go.

“On Writing Well” by William Zinsser

As a Software Engineer, you don’t only write pieces of code, you write emails, commit messages, Pull Requests descriptions, Product Requirements Document (PRD), emails, blog posts, technical docs, etc.

Seriously: this is the most important skill you need to master as a Software Engineer: writing well.

“Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel

As a Software Engineer, especially in the U.S, you can earn a lot of money in your professional life.

So, you need to be strategic and careful about it. This book can help to set the right mindset for it.

“The Ultimate Sales Machine” by Chet Holmes

BTW, you should check out the posts from Amanda Holmes as well, especially her Bootcamp.

Learn to sell, Learn to Build:

You must read this post from Naval Ravikant

“The One Thing” by Gary Keller

This book can teach you the power of focus. In these challenging times where we are working from home, this will be incredibly useful

“Personal Finance for Engineers” by Stanford and Adam Nash

In this course, you can learn so many things that could make a huge impact on your future income.

“Atomic Habits” by James Clear

I think I don’t have to speak a lot about this book

“Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss and Michael Kramer

Everything in life is a Negotiation. If you learn to do it right, you can advance quickly in life. Period.

“Cultivate Culture” by Austin Belcak

If you want to learn how to actually get incredible jobs at FAANGs without applying, Austin is your guy.

Marcos Ortiz Valmaseda

Marcos Ortiz Valmaseda

Editor at The Panda Way, where I help companies to earn more income through #investing. Cloud Data Engineer in the morning at Grupo Intercorp
Lima, Peru