Five Books To Read If You Want My Job

This came out of a conversation I had today with a few other test leads.  the question was, “What are the top 5 books you should read if you want my job?”  My job in this case being that of a test development lead.  At Microsoft that means I lead a team (or teams) of…

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Review: Peopleware

The book, Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister, comes highly recommended by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood over at the Stack Overflow Podcast.  It is probably most famous for its repudiation of the idea that cubicles make a better work environment for programmers than offices.  There is a lot more to this book than…

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Review: The Effective Executive

I read The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker because it was highly recommend on the Manager Tools podcast.  Despite what its name may imply, it isn’t written to company executives.  Instead, Drucker defines an executive as anyone with decision making ability.  This certainly includes all managers within a modern technology company and most of the…

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Now, Discover Your Strengths

This is the title of the follow-up to First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham.  The first book was brilliant and really challenged the way we think about what makes someone successful at their job.  Now, Discover Your Strengths attempts to follow up on that with an in-depth discussion of “strengths.”  Strengths are a…

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Managing Humans

I just finished reading Managing Humans by Michael Lopp, aka Rands in Repose.  Michael is a 15-year veteran manager from Silicon Valley.  He’s worked for such notable companies as Netscape and Borland.  He has a lot of good advice based on this experience.  The book is a compilation of blog posts so you can probably…

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Review: Tribal Leadership

I just finished the book Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan et al.  It’s one of the better leadership books I’ve run across.  The authors stress the need for leadership to develop a "we" culture instead of an "I" culture.  The authors call this a stage 4 culture and the leadership style Tribal Leadership.  The advantage…

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Just a Geek

I just finished reading Wil Wheaton’s "Just a Geek."  It recounts his struggles after leaving Star Trek.  Today Wil Wheaton is a prominent Geek.  He has 3 books, a popular blog, and was the keynote speaker at PAX 2007.  However, for the 15 years between leaving Star Trek: The Next Generation and today, he really…

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On the Edge

I started On the Edge:  The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore this summer but had to put it on hold as I went back to class.  Now that class is done, I have a few weeks to read what I want and finishing this was my first order of business. On the Edge tells…

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iWozn’t Impressed

I just finished listening to the unabridged version of iWoz.  It’s basically the autobiography of Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.  I was hoping to get an understanding of the early days of Apple.  I’ve read several books on the subject but this is directly from someone who was there.  Alas, I was disappointed.  Less than a…

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Dreaming In Code

I finally finished Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg.  It was initially hailed as the Soul of a New Machine for a new generation.  As such, it fails.  Its depiction of the process and the characters involved is just not that compelling.  It’s not poorly written, it just isn’t outstanding.  It is, however, an interesting look into the…

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