Reading List: 13th February 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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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

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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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: 3rd January 2016

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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.

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Reading List: 22nd November 2015

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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: 25th October 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes

This week I’ve been busy reading lots of different things. My favourite article this week comes from Kent Beck, one of the fathers of modern IT around the difference in mass production between physical engineering and software engineering. I’m also taking a look at the problems with agile, layoffs in Silicon Valley, Agile metrics and why nobody cares how hard you work.

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Reading List: 17th October 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes

I’ve been doing some fairly varied reading this week, including a look at how Spotify designed their perimeter, managing the security of government digital services, what’s lost when people work from home, learning how to be creative and a direct look at the problems with measuring productivity in a knowledge based environment.

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Reading List: 4th October 2015

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A busy few days of reading have led to a couple of quick posts.  Today I’m focussing on:

  • Unicorns vs cockroaches
  • Transforming air travel
  • Leaders integrity, and linked with this ‘cheating software’
  • A look at the best business books according to Amazon
  • Why you should be scared of Amazon if you rely on them for your business

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Reading List: 3rd October 2015

Reading Time: 3 minutes

I’ve been busy reading lots of blog posts over the last few days, this post includes topics such as:

  • Living in a Code Yellow World – how living in a heightened sense of security is not good for us
  • Employee owned companies are more ethical
  • How the Worlds Poorest Manage Their money better than you do
  • Agile Coaching – lessons from the trenches
  • How Netflix deals with the discipline of ‘Chaos Engineering’
  • Productivity tips in Infographics

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