by Tom & Kai Gilb
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At our recent GilbFest seminar we asked some participants for their recent favorite reading recommendations. If you like to read, you will find some gems here.
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future
Elon Musk: Biography of a Self-Made Visionary, Entrepreneur and Billionaire
Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs
How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In
Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions
A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History
Manuel De Landa
Or anything by Manuel de Landa!
DS does not recommend another high-profile Jim Collins book (see TSG) Built to last - he argued that it confused correlation with causality.
How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business
Douglas W Hubbard
Based on Mindell's Process Orientated Psychology. See its own reading list and blog.
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Eliyahu M Goldratt, Jeff Cox
Management book written as a thriller.
Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints
Eliyahu M Goldratt (Author, Narrator)
ASIN: B002SQ1QI4 (Audio Download)
Audio book with series of interviews/stories providing deep insights - available via Audible.
Building Successful Communities of Practice Paperback
If working with CoP - the author was previously at Government Digital Service.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
Technology explained using only the 100 most commonly-used words. Also see xkcd.com
That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story About How Organizations Rise, Fall - and Can Rise Again
John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber
Short book from the perspective of a meerkat colony that suddenly comes under threat - argues that hierarchies can co-exist with network-based organisational forms.
Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis
Graham T Allison
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
Norman F Dixon
Hope is Not a Method: What business leaders can learn from America's army
Gordon R Sullivan, Michael V Harper
The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos
Kenneth Hopper, William Hopper
The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)
Out of the Crisis
W Edwards Deming
Quality Without Tears: The Art of Hassle-Free Management
Philip B Crosby
Towards Zero-Defect Programming
Allan M Stavely
Based on practices developed at IBM and elsewhere under the name Cleanroom Software Engineering.
Economic Control of Quality Of Manufactured Product
2015 Reprint of 1931 Edition
Walter A Shewhart
Design, manufacture, sell, observe, re-design.
More at www.malotaux.nl/books
Selections from Science and Sanity
Alfred Korzybski, Lance Strate, Bruce I Kodish
General Semantics made GP question what he thought he knew.
Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
A history professor's poignant look at changes in the USA, especially the impact of large and small forces - not an uplifting book.
Principles of Software Engineering Management
Tom Gilb, Susannah Finzi
Root Cause Analysis Handbook: A Guide to Efficient and Effective Incident Management
Lee N Vanden Heuvel, Donald K Lorenzo, Walter E Hanson
Changing Minds In Detail
Just Enough Requirements Management: Where Software Development Meets Marketing
Alan M Davis
When It Hits the Fan: Managing the Nine Crises of Business Mass Market
Gerald C Meyers, John Holusha
How to turn crises into opportunities in business.
I've also shared my own personal/work booklist at:
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