Category : Book Review

Book Review: The Black Swan

This is a book everyone should read.  It’s long-winded in places, but the central point is something that we should all internalize; less and less of the world can be described by a bell curve.  For example, the richest person in the world doesn’t only make 5 standard deviations more…

Book Review: Kotter’s Leading Change

This book is the seminal text on organizational change for a reason.  It’s part of my, “Remember What You Learned in Your MBA Book Tour.”  It’s centered around the 8 steps that you might have known intuitively, but can really use in your arsenal on paper: Communicate the Vision Empower…

Book Review: Understanding Michael Porter

My MBA didn’t seem like it was 5 years ago until I started reading this book.  The amount of strategy I had known and forgotten was a little bit staggering.  Eventhough my job is firmly entrenched in technology these days, this was a solid refresher on some of Porter’s best…

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow

As a study of the human mind and a container of brilliant little anecdotes, this book deserves all of the credit it has received.  Unfortunately, Kahneman doesn’t always bring things back to a central point, a place where you can absorb the information and take meaningful actions from it.  It’s…

Book Review: User Story Mapping

One of the most talented developers I’ve ever worked with recommended this book to me.  A guy who, at least when a big financial is his client, finds himself arguing against documentation more often than for it recommending a book about requirement documentation? Figured it must be worth the read….

Book Review: Big Data: Related Technologies, Challenges and Future Prospects

If you’re reading this because you’re a friend, or you have an interest in the Burgh, do not read this book.  It’s quite technical and very dry. Even if you’re a techie there are reasons to complain about this book; many of the authors clearly aren’t native speakers and the…

Book Review: Zero to One

There is a whole genre of books that have emerged out of the recent infatuation with tech startups; from biographies of Zuckerberg to about a billion cookbooks for success.  I picked this one up because I think Thiel is an interesting guy, a bit Jobs-like in his belief that the…

Book Review: The Phoenix Project

The Pheonix Project is a novel about an IT manager that inherits an IT shop that can’t function without one or two key people, has deployments that are entirely unscripted and only quarterly, makes far too many break fixes and emergency patches, is buried in audit findings and basically sounds…

Book Review: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

At Fannie Mae, I find myself in the new role of dealing with development projects.  With this transition, I have tried to spend time learning about the techniques for managing development.  My reading of DeMarco and Lister’s tomb on the subject is along these lines.   The book is not…

Book Review: Management by Peter Drucker

Management is one of the best known texts by one of the best known authors in business.  There were parts of this rewrite (although apparently a slight rewrite) and parts that I didn’t.  It is, after all, a text book and few could be expected to like it the whole…