Marcus Tomlinson is a qualified BSc Software Engineer from Durban, South Africa, with well over a decade of experience in embedded and non-embedded software development.
Immediately following his university career, Marcus landed his first job at Africa's leading manufacturer of electronic security products: IDS, where at the age of 21, he co-created a revolutionary new, modular test jig system to help the company keep up with its rapidly growing product demand (A system that is still in effect today).
At 25, he went on to land his first senior development role at the world's largest supplier of military and mining simulators: ThoroughTec, making him the youngest employee to hold the position. During his time there, Marcus completely and independently overhauled the company's internal audio engine, as well as created a highly successful data-flow framework called CircuitSim, to modularise and simulate complex vehicle control systems.
In late 2013, Marcus landed a job at the open source software giant: Canonical, designing and developing Ubuntu’s Unity Shell. From 2013 to 2016, he steadily rose up the ranks from Engineer to Technical Lead on the Ubuntu Personal team, and has presented at a number of Open Source Developer Summits.
No matter how you put it, the question on all of our minds at some point has been: “What SHOULD the manager be doing?”, and the only good way to answer that question, is to first answer the elusive: “What do great engineers expect from their managers?”. Which brings us to the topic of this book.