Reads

The following books has been important for me when I read them. Some others are reference books for what I have done in my professional career. Frequently, a book impact you not because it is the best one, but because it comes in the right time or you can identify with it for whatever reason. Some of the books I add in this section might be outdated or not a must read any more. Most are classics in their field since I have little time for experiments. Any feedback about these or further reads are more than welcome. I will be adding a few more books in the coming books.

 

Collaboration Explained

  • Title: Collaboration Explained
  • Author: Jan Tebaka
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1st edition (6 Jan. 2006)
  • Comment: I read this book when I had already almost ten years of management on my shoulders, 2007 I think. I was already heavily involved in Open Source and working in remote environments back in the Canary Islands. Still the book impacted me. Agile experts might find it now (first edition) a little outdated but to me, even coming from Open Source, it helped me to change some habits.

Drive

 

  • Title: Drive
  • Author: Daniel H. Pink
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (29 Dec. 2009)
  • Comment: from all the leadership books I have read I recommend to start with this one. I think that the leadership topic is completely overrated, but this book is an exception.

 

  • Title: Lean EnterpriseLean Enterprise
  • Author: Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky and Barry O’Reilly
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (3 Jan. 2015)
  • Comment: if I have to mention a recent read, I would go for this book. It provides a high level view of how to apply the agile culture to all aspects of your organization. At the same time, it is practical enough to become an interesting read to mid level managers.

 

Continuous Delivery at Amazon

  • Title: Continuous Delivery
  • Author: Jez Humble and David Farley
  • Publishier: Addison Wesley: 01 edition (27 July 2010
  • Comment: this book summarizes most of the principles that are current followed in modern software delivery. Like most of these books, they are based in cloud/web products and not in systems but he principles are valid. I think is a must for every professional involved in delivering software.

 

The Cathedral and the Bazaar

 

  • Title: The Cathedral and the Bazaar
  • Author: Eric S. Raymond
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Feb. 2001)
  • Comment: obvious choice. I read it when I started in Open Source back in 2003 and helped me deeply. If you are using Open Source or planning to, this is a must read. No matter how much Open Source changes, the book nails the big picture.

 

 

  • Title: Agile Product Management with ScrumAgile Product Management with Scrum
  • Author: Roman Pichler
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (31 Mar. 2010)
  • Comment: I have been involved in several transformation programs where organizations transit from full in-house to collaborate in open environments or simply adopt open source or agile methodologies. What I like about this book is that is focused on the transition from Product Manager to Product Owner. I read it at the right time and helped me a lot.

 

  • Title: The New How
  • The New HowAuthor: Nilofer Merchant
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Comment: this is the book I have recommended more times. Embracing Open Source requires that an organization revisit collaboration as a concept, not just at a technical, but also at a management and business levels. This is a great starting point for those who hold responsibility in any organization. The Air Sandwich concept is key, to me, to understand the transition from strategy to delivery.

 

 

  • Title: Draw to WinDraw to Win
  • Author: Dan Roam
  • Publisher: Portfolio (September 13, 2016)
  • Comment: reading this book has impacted my view on how I should approach speechs and talks. I always have had limitations drawing. The book has helped me to get more confident in expressing my ideas through drawings and how to structure them better. I really recommend it.

 

 

  • Title: Business Model GenerationBusiness Model Generation
  • Author: Ives Pigneur
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Comment: I wish this book would have been written back in 2003, when I turned my IT training company into an Open Source one. It would have save me so much time…. and money. Nowadays, specially in Open Source, we are all entrepreneurs or we should have that mentality, at least. This book is for everybody that has some responsibilities over a product, service or project. And it is so easy to read.

Shipping Greatness

 

  • Title: Shipping Greatness
  • Author: Chris Vander Mey
  • Publisher:O’Reilly Media; 1 edition (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Comment: this is a very “to the point” book about delivering a software product. I liked because every time I read it, new ideas come to my mind. It is a strange but great effect. If you are in charge of a product, project or a service, I suggest you to give it a try.

 

Good Luck

  • Title: Good Luck
  • Author: Alex Rovira and Fernando Díaz de Bes
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (August 24, 2004) in English.
  • Comment: this book was originally written in Spanish. If you ask me which book should you read first from this page, I would definitely say this one. Not just because it is short and for “all public”, but because it is inspiring. Hopefully, after reading it, you would try a second one :-). I was struggling with my company when I read it and impacted me.

 

 

  • Title: The Innovators Dilemma
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (1st edition May 1, 1997)
  • Comment: this is a classic. The theory described about how disruptive innovation works is also very interesting in the context of Open Source. I read it back in 2004, but it took me a little while to fully understand some of the ideas applied to was was still new to me back then. I was still learning about the real implications of Free Software in business. I read it again back in 2016 and it has made a significantly higher impact on me.

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