Reading List: 22nd November 2015

This week’s been a busy week with plenty or reading taking place. We start with quite a technical article from the Harvard Business Review on disruptive innovation; move through articles on large scale retrospectives, losing friends in your 30s and the personalities that make good programmers. I also feature some articles around the open sourcing of the TensorFlow AI engine from Google, remote working, how to speed up delivery of your web pages on mobile devices and take a look at 20 methods for backlog prioritisation.

This week I’ve also signed up for a subscription to Blinkist. This service summarises top non-fiction books as 15-20 minute ‘blinks’. I use the audio service to listen to a book on my commute to work. So far I’m finding it very useful, although it obviously depends on the content of the book your listening to! I’ll share more as I continue to use the service.

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Reading List: 15th November 2015

This week I’m catching up a little after my holiday. I’ve got a wide variety of articles to discuss from looking at the reasons why we work to the history of Xbox Live. I’ve also read a lot about unhappiness including why under 35’s are so unhappy and why too much choice is making us unhappy. Finally, the Spotify labs tells us that the IPv6 change-over might be coming sooner rather than later – but might not be as big a problem as we first thought!

Finally, its the time of year for a new issue of the ThoughtWorks Radar.

If you have any thoughts or comments on the articles, please leave me a comment.

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Reading List: 8th November 2015

There was no reading list last week as I was away on holiday (as you’ll see by my other posts!). This weeks list catches up on a few things I’ve read over the past couple of weeks, but due to not having a commute, it’s a little light! ¬†Articles include:

  • A review of open source PaaS technologies by GDS
  • Product design inspired by the worlds best restaurants
  • The 10 commandments of marketing
  • The John Lewis Christmas advert… sorry to those who hate Christmas, it’s on it’s way!

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Cottage Review: The Cow Pen, Snitterfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon

The Cow Pen, Snitterfield

We recently spent a week in The Cow Pen, Snitterfield to have a week of relaxation, getting away from the hustle of London. I booked the cottage on Sykes Cottages, but later found the official website here. Booking was simple and we received a confirmation email and paid automatically in two instalments. I was advised to call the property owner (who lives right next door to the cottages) in the week before arrival to arrange for key collection. I spoke with Wendy, the owner, and arranged to pick-up the keys at the property on our check-in day.

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