LeadDev Bookmarked

[Postponement] To make space for the important conversations taking place to support the Black community, we’ve postponed the June edition of LeadDev Bookmarked. We'll update registrants with a new date as soon as it's scheduled.


Welcome to LeadDev Bookmarked, a monthly book club for engineering leaders. We'll read a new book each month, discuss what we've learned and how it applies to our roles, then get together on the first Tuesday for a live discussion and Q&A with our guest author.

Get involved

  1. Pick up your copy of this month's book
  2. Read along and join the LeadDev Slack workspace and #bookmarked channel
  3. Register here for the free session and save the date in your calendar
    The live session is open to all, so don't worry if you don't have time to read this month's book.

Upcoming books

  • June 2: Talking with Tech Leads - Patrick Kua
    eBook / hard copy
  • July 7: Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) - M Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish
    Publisher / Amazon
  • August 4: Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager - Dr. James Stanier
    Publisher / Amazon
  • September 1: Team Topologies - Manuel Pais and Matthew Skelton
    Purchase options

About this month's book and author

Talking with Tech Leads is a book for Tech Leads, from Tech Leads. Discover how more than 35 Tech Leads find the delicate balance between the technical and non-technical worlds. Discover the challenges a Tech Lead faces and how to overcome them. You may be surprised by the lessons they have to share.

Patrick Kua is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organisations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing and improving complex organisations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26 (Berlin, Germany) and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks.

He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of three books including The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and Building Evolutionary Architectures and runs the popular newsletter for leaders in tech, "Level Up". You can find him online on Twitter as @patkua or running his very popular “Tech Lead Skills for Developers” workshop around the world.

Previous books

Better Allies: Everyday actions to create inclusive, engaging workplaces. Karen Catlin shares how you can create a more inclusive culture with lots of actionable takeaways on hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, amplifying and advocating for others, giving effective and equitable performance feedback, and using more inclusive language.