bookshelf

Yep, you’ve heard a CTO reads at least 50 books per year; that means something like a book a week. That’s a lot. These are some good ones.

Management

Agile Product Management with SCRUM

I read this book when I was trying to neatly introduce the new role of “Product Owner” to a business unit in large organisation in the early stage of transformation. Also what are the mistakes organisations make when defining the product owner; for example proxy product owner and the impact of those mistakes on delivery.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has been a top seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology for proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written

Lean Change Management

This book will help you implement successful change and bypass change resistance by co-creating change. The book will do that through examples of how innovative practices can dramatically improve the success of change programs. These practices combine ideas from the Agile, Lean Startup, change management, organizational development and psychology communities. This book will change how you think about change.

Agile Estimating and Planning

“Mike Cohn’s breakthrough book gives us not only the philosophy, but also the guidelines and a proven set of tools that we need to succeed in planning, estimating, and scheduling projects with a high uncertainty factor. At the same time, the author never loses sight of the need to deliver business value to the customer each step of the way”

 

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

Software in 30 Days

A radical approach to getting IT projects done faster andcheaper than anyone thinks possible

Software in 30 Days summarizes the Agile and Scrumsoftware development method, which allows creation of game-changingsoftware, in just 30 days. Projects that use it are three timesmore successful than those that don’t.

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever

From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book – one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple.

 

Remote: Office Not Required

The Industrial Revolution’s “under one roof” model of conducting work is steadily declining as technology creates virtual workspaces that allow employees to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Today, the new paradigm is “move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace.

The 4-Hour Work Week

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

MONEY Master the Game

Tony Robbins is one of the most revered writers and thinkers of our time. People from all over the world—from the disadvantaged to the well-heeled, from twenty-somethings to retirees—credit him for giving them the inspiration and the tools for transforming their lives. From diet and fitness, to business and leadership, to relationships and self-respect, Tony Robbins’s books have changed people in profound and lasting ways.

You Can Heal Your Life

Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” The author has a great deal of experience and firsthand information to share about healing, including how she cured herself after being diagnosed with cancer.

Negotiating Rationally

In Negotiating Rationally, Max Bazerman and Margaret Neale explain how to avoid the pitfalls of irrationality and gain the upper hand in negotiations.
For example, managers tend to be overconfident, to recklessly escalate previous commitments, and fail to consider the tactics of the other party. Drawing on their research, the authors show how we are prisoners of our own assumptions.

3D Negotiation

David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius’ pathbreaking 3-D Negotiation (TM) approach, developed from their decades of doing deals and analyzing great dealmakers. Moves in their “second dimension”—deal design—systematically unlock economic and noneconomic value by creatively structuring agreements. But what sets the 3-D approach apart is its “third dimension”: setup.

Nice Girls Still Don't Get the Corner Office

In this new edition, internationally recognized executive coach Lois P. Frankel reveals a distinctive set of behaviors-over 130 in all-that women learn in girlhood that ultimately sabotage them as adults. She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills.

The 5 Love Languages

With more than 10 million copies sold, The 5 Love Languages® continues to strengthen relationships worldwide. Although originally crafted with married couples in mind, the love languages have proven themselves to be universal, whether in dating relationships or with parents, coworkers, or friends.

Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success

Segall brings Apple’s quest for Simplicity to life using fascinating (and previously untold) stories from behind the scenes. Through his insight and wit, you’ll discover how companies that leverage this power can stand out from competitors—and individuals who master it can become critical assets to their organizations. 

Strategic Market Management

Marketing professionals need to be able to adapt new strategies in order to keep their companies relevant. Aaker walks them through the strategic challenges created by the dynamic nature of today’s markets. Strategic Market Management, 10th Edition emphasizes a customer perspective and the fact that every strategy should have a value proposition that is meaningful to the customers. 

Accounting: Text and Cases

Covering both financial and managerial accounting as well as broader managerial issues, the book incorporates a breadth of experience that is sure to enrich your course and your students. The approximately 109 cases that make up most of the end of chapter material are combination of classic harvard style cases and extended problems, with 12 complete new cases added to the 13th edition.

Global Strategic Management

This book offers an insight into the impact of globalization on business organizations and how managers could and should react. It is written by a well-respected professor of strategy at one of the world’s leading business schools and combines a strategic and managerial approach to global issues, blending theory and practical, empirical examples to great effect. 

The Untethered Soul : The Journey Beyond Yourself

Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.  Traditions of meditation and mindfulness enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance

The book has three basic themes:
1) An emphasis on intuition―the authors separate and explain the principles at work on a common sense, intuitive level before launching into any specifics.
2) A unified valuation approach―net present value (NPV) is treated as the basic concept underlying corporate finance.
3) A managerial focus―the authors emphasize the role of the financial manager as decision maker, and they stress the need for managerial input and judgment.

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