14 resources for software engineering career growth

We’re endlessly interested in how software engineers learn new skills, earn desired promotions, and move into leadership roles throughout their careers.

There are six key knowledge areas to help software engineers grow their careers. These areas (Design, Quality, Requirements, Testing, Maintenance, and Models + Methods) have been established by the excellent SWEBOK Guide, which you can download for free here.

For each knowledge area, we keep a running list of resources that can help you dig deeper, learn more, and keep growing in your craft. See some of these resources below, recommended by our instructional team.


Scalable Internet Architectures
Schlossnagle, Theo, Pearson

Distributed Systems For Practitioners
Raptis, Dimos, Leanpub

Designing Data-Intensive Applications
Kleppman, Martin, O’Reilly


Software Metrics, A Rigorous and Practical Approach
Fenton, Norman, et.al, CRC Press

Software Assurance and Software Safety Standard


Mastering the Requirements Process: Getting Requirements Right
Robertson, James, Addison-Wesley

Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset
McDonald, Kent, Addison-Wesley Professional


Automated Software Testing
Jena, Ajay Kumar, et. al., Springer

Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach
Kaner, Cem, et. al., Wiley

Pragmatic Software Testing: Becoming an Effective and Efficient Test Professional
Black, Rex, Wiley


Working Effectively with Legacy Code
Feathers, Michael, Pearson

Leading Change
Kotter, John, Harvard Business Review Press

Models & Methods:

Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven-Development
Pugh, Ken, Addison-Wesley Professional

Test-Driven Development, An Empirical Evaluation of Agile Practice
Madeyski, Lech, Springer


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