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Recent Reading

Written by Jamie Bennett on March 2nd, 2009 at 9:24 am in Uncategorized

I not a prolific reader by any stretch of the imagination, in fact the opposite is true, but one of my new years resolutions was to make a conscious effort to read more. Here is a short list of the books I’ve read in January and February. I’m starting to pick up the pace now and I’m really enjoying reading again.

  1. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional) by Ken Schwaber
    Good book on SCRUM and Agile principles. The pace of the book seemed just right and there’s enough substance there to make you want to go back and skim read it again.
  2. Test Driven Development: By Example – by Kent Beck
    Not a bad book but not great. Tries to introduce the reader to the methods involved with Test Driven Development (TTD) by using very simple examples. Unfortunately if you have any experience with this methodology already (which is where I’m coming from), at least the first half of the book is useless and the second half doesn’t introduce much. Good for a introduction, nothing more.
  3. Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done, Today! by Brian Tracy
    I like to read these organizational, somewhat motivational books to see if I can glean any useful information from them. Unfortunately this had very little.
  4. Painless Project Management with FogBugz by Mike Gunderloy
    We use Fogbugz at work, which, despite the steep fee you have to pay for it, is actually not a bad piece of software. This book is the definitive guide to everything you need to know about the tool and puts a project management spin on it. Good read if you use Fogbugz.
  5. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
    Not bad. Over-hyped and of dubious use but worth a read.
  6. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (Author), Stephen J. Dubner
    This surprisingly covers a lot of ground (the exact same examples in some cases) that Predictably Irrational does although this seems to do it better. A good read and some thought provoking material.
  7. Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why the World Needs a Green Revolution – and How We Can Renew Our Global Future by Thomas L. Friedman
    Best of the bunch of books I’ve read this year. If you can look past the constant use of buzz words by Thomas L. Friedman and dig deeper into the meaning behind what he is saying, the subject material is fascinating.

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