Readings

Blogs worth having a look at:

Some books I’ve read since 2007 and which have helped me in my career and as a human being

On finance and business management

  • The Goal (Goldratt): a peripatetic Socratic novelist approach to production management.
  • Gods of Management (Handy):
  • Lean Thinking (Womack, Jones): first step on lean, but if you’re not so interested, please read The Toyota Way first.
  • La Mujer Líder (Romo): interesting insight on leadership from the point of view of female Spanish professionals, entrepreneurs, and artists. First half too long, second half too short.
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Kiyosaki)
  • Rework (Fried, Heinemeier-Hanson): bullets of experience shot right to the center of your brain. Short texts and neat illustrations on business development.
  • Survival is not Enough (Godin): nice, clear and open-minder for everyone involved in a company’s evolution.
  • The Toyota Way (Liker): strickingly general overview, spiced with mind-opening examples, of the fourteen Toyota principles that change automotive manufacturing.

On project management

  • Agile Estimating and Planning (Cohn): change-driven projects challenge traditional estimation techniques. Full of advices and examples that can be used in everyday work.
  • The Deathline (DeMarco)
  • Dreaming in Code (Rosenberg): a bookumentary about a failed project by Mitch Kapor (Lotus 1-2-3) which tried to implement some good ideas too soon. If you’ve ever feel you were flying behind the plane, you’ll see yourself into this story.
  • Game Project Management (Hight, Novak): Project management on videogame’s development. You’ll learn with the differences between video game projects and the rest of IT projects, as much as with the similarities.
  • Getting Real (37signals): A smaller, faster, better way to build software. You can download the pdf version from their web page.
  • Lean software development (Poppendieck, Poppendieck): lean right from the floor of an automotive factory to the very bits of your own computer. If you haven’t read it yet, stop reading me and run right to the bookshop.
  • Making Things Happen (Berkun): If your project has got lost into a forest, this is the guide it should use for finding its way home. Totally awesome.
  • Mythical Man Month (Brooks): one of the first, and simply the best reference for common (and big!) software mistakes. A compilation of funny, interesting essays with werewolfs included!

On peopleware

  • El Despido Interior (Gandouri): A novella about people who have lost their interest in their jobs, and can’t find a way to gain it back.
  • El Manual de Agogida en la Empresa (Córcoles-Cubero): Not a must, but a nice to if you’re finding problems when bringing new people on board.
  • The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity (Covey): Do you feel overwhelmed? This two-day reading brings you some weapons to liberate yourself.
  • Guía de la negociación para mujeres (Aramburu-Zabala Higuera): short (too short) handbook with clues for negotiation in the near future, from a gender point of view.
  • How to win friends and influence people (Carnegie) Oldie but goldie. Some of the advice can feel common-sense nowadays but always useful to hear it again.
  • If You Want It Done Right, You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself!: The Power of Effective Delegation (Donna M. Genett): A long title for a short book. As a boss, you should stop assigning tasks to people, right now, and spend the next two hours in reading it.
  • Herding Cats: A Primer for Programmers Who Lead Programmers (Rainwater): easy to read, some good lessons halfway between a project manager and a technical leader.
  • The secrets of successful team management:: How to lead a team to innovation, creativity and success (West): Good generic reading. The suggested best practices worth it.
  • Managing with carrots (Gostick, Elton): A remarkable first half of the book with clever insights on the problems the lack of recognition can cause the workers of the company. If you’re in a hurry you can skip the second half.
  • Peopleware (De Marco, Lister): Always a classic one. Since it’s based more on feelings than facts, it will give you lots of chances to debate.
  • Soft Skills.The software developer’s life manual. (Sonmez) Kind of a management guide for developers it goes beyond software to get through every part of life, like finance, fitness or relationships.

On Quality Assurance (QA)

  • Continuous Integration (Duvall, Matyas, Glover): Your more obvious first step into a larger world.
  • The Checklist Manifesto (Gawande): flight pilots and hospital managers could teach us a simple, effective way to avoid repeating the very same errors once and again.
  • El Fabricante de Helados (Chowdhury): A novella about a man who is about to lose his company and finds the way to QA for keeping it safe.
  • Software Testing in the Real World (Kit)
  • Testing Computer Software (Kaner, Falk, Nguyen)

On software development principles

  • Code Complete (McConnell): big book you could read in small doses. Handy and clever, and with knowledge you can take to many other areas.
  • Coder To Developer (Gunderloy): a set of keys and tools for each and every programmer. Thin, to-the-point, easy-to-read handbook
  • Continuous Integration (Duvall): currently reading
  • The Pragmatic Programmer (Hunt & Thomas): The younger brother of Coder To Developer. A younger one, taller, more attractive and with lots of rithm.
  • Rapid Development (McConnell): the sort of huge book you didn’t even think to try to start thinking about reading, once you start you can stop. Weapons for day to day work, with a compendium at the end that you can go back to when in need for answers. Caveat: it’s rapid development, not rapid reading

On design and user experience

  • Design for non designers (Williams): maybe you can tell good design apart from bad one when you see them, but this book explains the four keys to create good design yourself.
  • Design of Everyday Things (Norman): series of great or failed design elements. E.g. why QWERTY keyboard is QWERTY and not ABCDE keyboard?
  • The Humane Interface (Raskin):  One of the curators of the original Macintosh interface reveals how turbulent the past was,  describes a sad present and suggest a bright future for Human Machine Interfaces.
  • UI design for programmers (Spolsky): easy reading, funny style, plenty of examples. Fluent prose on web interfaces, and life in general. If you don’t feel like buying it you can download a draft, so no excuses.

On digital media

  • Interactive Storytelling for Video Games (Lebowitz, Klug): stories from Homer’s Iliad to Nintendo’s Final Fantasy, reviewed in a digital world.

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