Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi: Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities


Date: 02-22-16

Title: Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Duration: 5.5 hrs

Review: What makes us happy?  How do we get into the zone at work?  A high quality experience at work is created by being challenged, and meeting the challenge.  Get into it!

Eliyahu M. Goldratt: Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints


Date: 01-21-16

Title: Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Review: Like the goal, but for projects.  Also awesome, but not as much because this is still essentially another flavor of The Goal.

Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox: The Goal- 30th Anniversary Edition


Date: 01-12-16

Title: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox

Duration: 12 hrs

Review: The only thing that matters is the constraint.  Defend the constraint This book right here, this book is THE WAY...this is the first methodology that can be described as a true ancestor of Lean Development...for anyone who is trying to help a team build complex stuff.  Especially stuff that requires a complex production line. Hint: software  systems pretty much fit the definition of stuff, the building of which, requires a complex production line. If you don't believe me just check out your Jira workflow diagrams for stories, tasks, bugs etc.  Anyway, I loved this book.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Stafford: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win


Date: 01-04-16

Title: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Author: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

Duration: 12 hrs

Review: This book is SO great.  Made a huge impression, and lead me to Eli Goldrat who explained it all.  A must MUST MUST read.  I loved this book.

Nir Eyal: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products


Date: 11-18-15

Title: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Author: Nir Eyal

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: 

Jonathan Safran Foer: Eating Animals


Date: 11-18-15

Title: Eating Animals

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: A pretty amazing little book about what eating animals does to animals, to us, to the planet.  

Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson: Venture Deals


Date: 10-31-15

Title: Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Author: Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Review: This is an education folks.  One of the best books I've read this year.  This book explains everyones motivation in a VC deal. If you think you'll need to deal with a VC, read this book.  

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Fooled by Randomness


Date: 10-27-15

Title: Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Duration: 10 hrs

Review: I love this stuff. Contrarian, super smart...may or may not be correct. 

The Great Courses: Critical Business Skills for Success


Date: 10-16-15

Title: Critical Business Skills for Success

Author: The Great Courses

Duration: 31.5 hrs

Review: Good

HBR: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself


Date: 9-03-15

Title: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

Author: Harvard Business Review, Peter Ferdinand Drucker, Clayton M. Christensen, Daniel Goleman

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Review: Good

Eric Ries: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Date: 8-06-15

Title: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Author: Jim Collins

Duration: 9 hrs

Review: Problem is, selection bias.



Jim Colins: Good to Great

Date: 7-25-15


Title: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Author: Jim Collins

Duration: 10 hrs

Review: Problem is, selection bias.