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Remote: Office Not Required
3.82
it was ok
I've decided that the Freid/DHH writing pair are the Michael Moore of business literature.

If you need to learn something practical about what is a pre
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Nov 16, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
 
The Dude and the Zen Master
3.65
did not like it
You know when you walk into the kitchen at a party and there are two stoned guys having a conversation and they're kind of talking about the same thin ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
 
The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
4.26
liked it
Imagine an Ayn Rand novel where John Galt gives stilted lectures about ITIL and lean manufacturing instead of objectivism.

Update: It's not a great boo
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Jan 17, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
 
The Peripheral
3.94
liked it
Hard to pick the right rating for this one. It's as though I've ordered a chicken parma because I like chicken parmas, and this certainly is a very ta ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 02, 2014
 
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
4.10
it was amazing
This is an outstanding book and everyone should read it. It took me about 3 sittings to get through it as I found rage slowly building as I read it an ...more
Oct 20, 2012
Oct 19, 2012
 
Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design
4.13
it was amazing
I learned *so* much from this book. It gave names to things I had "felt" before about design, taught me a bunch of new things, and reinforced the litt ...more
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
Principles: Life and Work
4.19
it was ok
This book came to me highly recommended but on reading it I don't think it lives up to the hype.

As a book standing on its own two legs it's just not v
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Jul 17, 2018
May 31, 2018
 
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
4.07
really liked it
While I'm giving this a 4 star, I really want it to be a 3 and a half.

4 because it's very motivating and there's a lot of valuable techniques in ther
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Nov 05, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting
4.30
it was amazing
Really accessible and interesting read on the history of Australia’s electoral machinery: compulsory voting, Saturday elections, and a bunch more.

Any
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Mar 22, 2019
Mar 21, 2019
 
Depends What You Mean By Extremist
3.97
it was amazing
Laugh out loud funny if bleak irony and sass is your cup of tea. A very different picture of the hard left and right than I expected. Well worth a rea ...more
Jun 05, 2017
Jun 05, 2017
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1)
3.98
really liked it
I never thought the CAP theorem would be so compelling turned into a novel.
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 22, 2017
 
Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are Not The Point
4.22
liked it
There are a few things I really, really liked about this book, and a few that I really, really hated.

What I liked most was this is the least dogmatic
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Dec 28, 2011
Dec 28, 2011
 
Console Wars: Sega Vs Nintendo - and the Battle that Defined a Generation
3.93
really liked it
Gripping read, had trouble putting it down.

Good to read if you like video games, or epic business battles. I like both.
Jul 28, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
4.37
it was ok
Way too much inside baseball for my liking. Oscillates in tone between hero worship and sour grapes.

It was great to get more background on how OODA et
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Aug 25, 2015
Aug 25, 2015
 
Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet
3.96
really liked it
A must read for computing history buffs and people in the tech industry.

Gets off to a shaky start with a weak opening chapter and occasional lapses in
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Jun 29, 2018
May 05, 2018
 
NASA Graphics Standards Manual
4.74
it was amazing
A modernist masterpiece and the zenith of brand identity documents.

Also how many books have you seen with instructions for painting your space shuttle
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Mar 21, 2016
Mar 21, 2016
 
The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
4.16
really liked it
I didn't finish this the first time I read it and gave it two stars. That was unfair.

I gave it a second chance and found it chock full of valuable adv
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May 03, 2016
Sep 11, 2015
 
Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
4.02
really liked it
A must read for anyone in tech. Some niggling problems hold it back from 5 stars. It’s not the best book that could ever be on the diversity problems ...more
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 07, 2018
 
Walkaway
3.74
liked it
This feels like a better written Atlas Shrugged with a more humane starting outlook and a wildly more interesting technical and economic setting. A so ...more
May 25, 2017
May 20, 2017
 
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
4.04
really liked it
Not exactly sure how to review this. It's a big, dense, and having just finished it I've got a tonne of new ideas rattling around in my head.

The depth
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Mar 29, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
 
Norse Mythology
4.09
really liked it
Don't pick this up if you're expecting something in the usual vein of Neil Gamain's writing.

Do pick it up if you want a neutral but enjoyable quick ov
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Apr 24, 2017
Apr 23, 2017
 
Game Engine Black Book: Doom
4.57
it was amazing
Another great deep dive on a classic code-base that also gives great background on the context it was developed in - from hardware to the educational ...more
Dec 29, 2018
Dec 28, 2018
 
Metal Gear (Worlds of Power)
3.13
liked it
This book was not "good" but as an 11 year old it was the bee's knees. I still have my copy through god knows how many house moves.
not set
Nov 03, 2014
 
Five Go Parenting (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups)
3.50
liked it
Tough to rate. It’s cliche ridden trash, but was just the pick me up I needed. Illustrations are fun.
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
 
Game Engine Black Book: Wolfenstein 3D
4.46
it was amazing
Surprisingly readable walkthrough of roughly 25 year was led game engine code. Lots of diagrams and clear writing makes it very understandable.

I hope
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Oct 08, 2017
Sep 22, 2017
 
The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
4.33
it was amazing
Putting this on my must-read list for new engineering managers (and loads of early/mid career devs too). On a tier with Rands & Berkun.

The book is
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Apr 24, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
 
A History of Reading
3.98
it was ok
For lack of a better term this book is way too... poncy. The only thing saving it from a one star review is that I did learn a few things.

This is less
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Jun 23, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
 
Fight Club 2
3.06
liked it
Meh
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 04, 2016
 
Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It
3.52
really liked it
We need more books like this: spelling out what we actually know about making software, and making it clear what we don't know.

I'd give it 5 stars, ex
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Feb 03, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time, #14)
4.51
really liked it
There really isn't any point in a written review for this book.

If you made it past book 8 in the series, you're definitely gonna read this one. If yo
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Jan 10, 2013
Jan 10, 2013
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