Reading List: 5th March 2016

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My reading has been a little slow over the last couple of weeks as I’ve not found that many articles worth telling others about. This week I have focussed on the 100 coolest people in tech; creating a technology career framework; what’s next in computing; how the term MVP is abused; how you need to improve by small amounts each day and how to find out where your surname is most popular.

As usual, any thoughts or comments, please let me know.

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Reading List: 20th February 2016

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For my reading list this week I take a look at the topic of #noprojects, something that keeps on cropping up in my reading; how to make microservices work in the real world; Docker, Mesos and Marathon; Cybersecurity themes for the next three years; how to source security superheroes and finally the top 10 ways to spot truly exceptional employees.

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Reading List: 13th February 2016

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and I’ve been busy reading as usual. This post contains my favourite tech article for non-techies of at least the last six months from ThoughtWorks on the Implications of Tech Stack Complexity for Executives. I also take a look at managing stress, anxiety and burnout in teams; why Renaissance Florence is a better model than Silicon Valley; how to hire great coders; being more humane in technology solutions; 10 killer interview questions from CEOs and how to organise growing agile teams for self-organisation.

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Reading List: 31st January 2016

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This week I’m still catching up from the lack of posts over the past few weeks meaning this post is jam-packed full of items I’ve read. This week it’s been extremely varied with everything from models around employee engagement taken from the Harvard Business Review; agile in large enterprises, and why it may fail; a basic guide to securing your infrastructure; the history of autism; why asking yourself “What am I not willing to compromise on” may be better when it comes to understanding your future career; why you should stop listening to music while working; 2016 for Facebook messenger and finally another book list of 33 books to read before you reach 30.

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Reading List: 24th January 2016

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last list, which leaves me with some catching-up to do! I’ve been sorting out my website hosting which has kept me busy as I move to a cloud server from shared hosting.

This week I’ve been reading about how Github move fast and fix things; an introduction to one-to-ones with employees; scaling the agile process; why tech companies continue to do the wrong things; an overview of the most common software architectures in place today; the El Chapo, Mexican druglord capture and why Sean Penn might have helped the authorities inadvertently; how company culture shapes employee motivation and finally some motivating words for the new year!

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Reading List: 3rd January 2016

For my first reading list of 2016 I’m still catching up from the last few weeks of 2015 when I didn’t get to make any posts. This post contains articles on the role of testers in agile teams, the real rules of life, a brief history of Yahoo, #noprojects (read below to find out more!), radical candor, unicorns v donkeys and how project managers can be an agent for agile change.

As usual if you have any thoughts or comments on the articles, please leave one below.

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Reading List: 28th December 2015

It’s been a few weeks since my last reading list. December has been pretty busy in my home and work life, so I’ve got a few weeks reading to catch up on.

This time I look at how to make tough decisions; an ongoing debate about whether programmers can call themselves engineers; what really makes a startup work; the algorithms behind data analytics and the 100 best podcasts according to Inc magazine.  As usual leave me any thoughts or comments below.

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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.

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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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