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Books read in 2018

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Certain to Win develops the strategy of the late US Air Force Colonel John R. Boyd for the world of business. Boyd read everything he could find on the Toyota Production System and came to consider it as an implementation of ideas similar to his own. He took business into account when he formulated the final version of his "OODA loop"

Chet Richards

Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business

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How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years, we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter―that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods

Nicole, Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gener Kim

Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

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For more than twenty-five years, An Introduction to General Systems Thinking has been hailed as an innovative introduction to systems theory, with applications in computer science and beyond. Used in university courses and professional seminars all over the world, the text has proven its ability to open minds and sharpen thinking. Scientists, engineers, organization leaders, managers, doctors, students, and thinkers of all disciplines can use this book to dispel the mental fog that clouds problem-solving

Gerald Weinberg

Introduction to General Systems Thinking

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Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it. Avoidable failures continue to plague us in almost every realm of organized activity. The volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to deliver. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist

Atul Gawande

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge

Jared Diamond

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition

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Uncover surprises, risks, and potentially serious bugs with exploratory testing. Rather than designing all tests in advance, explorers design and execute small, rapid experiments, using what they learned from the last little experiment to inform the next. Learn essential skills of a master explorer, including how to analyze software to discover key points of vulnerability, how to design experiments on the fly, how to hone your observation skills, and how to focus your efforts

Elisabeth Hendrickson

Explore It!: Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing

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For years, companies have accepted the underlying principles that define the customer-driven paradigm--that is, using customer "requirements" to guide growth and innovation. But twenty years into this movement, companies find that 50 to 90 percent of their innovation initiatives flop. Anthony Ulwick describes "outcome-driven" innovation, a revolutionary approach to new product and service creation transforms innovation from a nebulous art into a rigorous science

Anthony Ulwick

What Customers Want: Using Outcome-Driven Innovation to Create Breakthrough Products and Services

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Despite attempts to interpret and apply lean product development techniques, companies still struggle with design quality problems, long lead times, and high development costs. In a truly groundbreaking first edition of Lean Product and Process Development, Ward delivered -- with passion and penetrating insights that cannot be found elsewhere -- a comprehensive view of lean principles for developing.

Allen Ward and Durward Sobek

Lean Product and Process Development 2nd Edition

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Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. Furthermore, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

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Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics. and Tversky’s extraordinary friendship incited a revolution in Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation. In The Undoing Project, Lewis shows how their Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds