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  • Blog Post: 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 people whose job it...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 the tale of the rise and fall...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Failure by Committee

    I'm reading Dreaming in Code and it's occurring to me at least one of the reasons that Chandler failed. Chandler, if you don't know, is the Personal Information Manager application that is the subject of the book. In my mind, Chandler failed because they didn't know how to make decisions. Mitch Kapor...
  • Blog Post: Getting Real In Software Development

    At the recommendation of one of our designers, I just finished reading the book Getting Real by the people at 37 Signals . This is the company that created Ruby on Rails and several web tools for managing business. This book distills their philosophy of software development down into a series of 91 short...
  • Blog Post: Showstopper!

    I just finished reading Showstopper! by G. Pascal Zachary. It recounts the creation of Windows NT starting with the hiring of Dave Cutler in October 1988 and ending with the shipping of the first version of NT on July 26, 1993. The book puts a lot in perspective. NT took nearly 5 years of grueling work...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Reading for New Test Developers

    I've previously written about how to teach yourself to be a test developer. That post included an extensive reading list. It assumed that you were a tester and wanted to learn to be a test dev. What if you are a new CS grad and you just got hired as a test developer? What should you read to get a leg...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Clayton Christensen

    The Innovator's Dilemma is an eye-opening book that everyone in the technology industry should read and understand. I recently ran across an audio interview with the author, Clayton Christensen. In it he gives a brief explanation of the main thesis of his book. That is that there are certain types of...
  • Blog Post: Naked Conversations - Live

    Yesterday I went to see Robert Scoble and Shel Israel talk on campus. It was a stop on their book tour. It was an enjoyable hour. Their presentation was better than many book tours I've attended. First, it was on topic. They discussed what they talked about in their book. It is amazing how many times...
  • Blog Post: It's not the idea

    I had a chance this afternoon to see one of my favorite writers and thinks, George Gilder. He came to Microsoft to speak. Anyway, he said something very interesting. He stated than patents are not all that valuable because they are open. Usually having the idea is not worth much until someone can reduce...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Books On Testing

    Another question I was asked via e-mail. "Do you know of any good books that explain the testing process in detail? I noticed you mentioned Debugging Applications for .Net and Windows, but I am looking for a book that really explains the basics of 'I have this API/application and I want to test it'....
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