Reading recommendations from 2019

I’ve always liked to read - however in 2019 I adjusted my reading habits and got much more out of my reading than previously. Since I travel a lot - by train as well as by car - I took this into account and started consuming books not only by reading but by listening as well. For non-fiction I grew the habit that while I listen to a book I make extensive use of the bookmarking option and work through those bookmarks afterwords with either a hardcopy or a digitally readable version of the book in order to get my learnings from the book.

Five books I highly recommend reading for people working in the tech industry:

Death by meeting - A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

A fable about meeting culture. I actually recommend this book to people I work with to further grow an understanding on why a good meeting culture is worth working on and how awesome good meetings can be.

An Elegant Puzzle - Systems of Engineering Management

For engineering managers this is a definite recommendation as it outlines how to (successfully) grow and nuture an engineering organization.

Inspired - Howto create tech products people love / The Lean Product Playbook

Two really good books on product development. I took a lot from those for my daily work and for the processes we’ve setup.

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

While to a lot of us working in development and engineering orgs it is apparent that items like CI/CD are obviously a good thing(TM) this book backs this opinionated view by the numbers.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to recommend another book. This doesn’t really fit into the scope of neither “Books I’ve read in 2019” nor “for working in tech industry”, since I’ve read it numerous times but I did read it one of the times in 2019 as well ;) Regardless of your profession this book is worth reading.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This book was a game changer for me. It is an wholesome approach to life and how to not only organize oneself but to actually have a full filling day to day life.