My Book Slide

Posted in books, management, software development on February 25th, 2009 by Joerg – Be the first to comment

Jurgen Appelo of had a nice post of the books he was reading recently called “My Book Slide“. He is reading a lot. I found some of the books were the same I was reading lately. So here is My Book Slide:

Sep. 2008

Robert C. Martin: Clean Code *****

Not much to say about this book except You have to read it. It is already a classic.

Oct. 2008

Neal Ford: The Productive Programmer ***

Nice book about all those little habits that make a difference in ones productivity. My favorite quote is: “There are people running their computers and others that are just walking them.”

Nov. 2008

Dan Roam: The Back of the Napkin **

Small book about explaining things visually. Dan Roam explains some easy to remember methods on how to find the right picture. For whatever reason I was expecting more of this book than it delivered.

Dec. 2008

Tom DeMarco: Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies ****

Great read. Nice little patterns of what are good or bad behaviours in projects. Each pattern is really short, only 2-3 pages. So it’s an ideal book to read in small breaks. The only drawback is that they are trying to follow the “Pattern-Trend”.

Nicholas Carr: The Big Switch **

Nicholas explains the analogy between utilization of electricity in the early twentieth century and the current situation in our industry. Some nice ideas, but most of it not as new or revolutionary as the cover promisses.

Roman Pichler: Scrum ****

The bestselling german book on scrum. Explains scrum very well and has also some good ideas on how to scale scrum.

Jan. 2009

Andy Hunt: Pragmatic Thinking and Learning – Refactor Your Wetware *****

This is my book of the year so far. It explains a lot around how we think and how we learn. It shows ways to improve this for everybody in a language that software developers can easily understand. But the best thing in the book is the Dreyfus-model. It explained some phenomenons I was wondering about for a long time.

Rothman, Derby: Behind Closed Doors ****

They are using the concept of story telling to explain important techniques of management. I found a lot of tips for my work. The book is just a bit short, not even 200 pages.

Currently reading

Pete McBreen: Software Craftsmanship

I like the concept of software developers being craftsmen since the I first read about it was in The Pragmatic Programmer of Hunt and Thomas. So I am curious, what this book will say about it.