Starting from “time is our most limited resource”, The Effective Engineer by Edmond Lau first establishes the methodology of using “leverage” to guide our actions. The book then, from multiple angles, discusses how to become a more effective engineer by focusing on high-leverage activities that produce a disproportionately high impact for a relatively small time investment. Ranging from adopting mindsets, actual execution, to building long-term values, topics involved are complemented with ample examples within the industry. Much content are easily generalizable to areas beyond software engineering as well. A must-read for software engineers.
This post is a refined version of the notes I took while reading this book.