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“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
For sustained personal growth, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of reading and experimentation. Make sure you take the time to practice what you’ve learned!
T-Shaped Skills and Experience
I listened to a conversation where a CEO and Head of Product discussed the distinguishing factors between senior leadership and lower leadership. They highlighted two key aspects: the ability to Zoom-in and Zoom-out (which they referred to as a superpower) and the skill of building a network and connecting with others. While this list is not exhaustive, I suggest adding a third factor: the level of continuous learning and one’s T-shaped knowledge and experience.
I know that learning involves both reading and hands-on experience. In the past five years, I have extensively read on various non-fiction topics such as Management, Leadership, Team Design, Software Engineering, and Agile, Lean, and DevOps methodologies. My main focus is on people, innovation, and efficiency. The insights have enhanced my experience building high-performing teams and efficiently delivering digital products. I also have expertise in leading cultural shifts, streamlining value streams, implementing automation and feedback gates, managing and empowering other leaders, handling mergers and acquisitions, and exploring financing options.
Let me know which ones I should consider next.
Here is a small sampling of the books that have influenced my career growth.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
- The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
- The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement 30th Anniversary Edition by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
- Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren PhD, Jez Humble, Gene Kim
- The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis, Nichole Forsgren
- Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation by Jez Humble, David Farley
- The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence by Dr. Steven Spear
- The Principles of Product Development Flow Second Generation by Donald G. Reinertsen
- Lean Product Development Donald G. Reinertsen
- Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework by Mik Kersten
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
- Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow by Matthew Skelton, Manuel Paris
- Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussel
- Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
- Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love, Marty Cagen and Silcon Valley group
- Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility by Jonathan Smart
- Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow by Dominica DeGrandis
- The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data by Gene Kim
- The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
- The Art of Business Value by Mark Schwartz
- Leading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale by Gary Gruver, Tommy Mouser
- Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale by Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O’Reilly
- Empowered: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products (Silicon Valley Product Group) by Chris Jones and Marty and Cagen
- Escaping The Build Trap: How Effective Management Creates Real Value by Melissa Perri
- Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results by Barry O’Reilly
- Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers, by Chip Heath and Karla Starr
- Financial Intelligence: A Manager’s guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean by Karen Berman and Joe Knight
- Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman
- Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr
- The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism by Hubert Joly
- The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
- Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore
- Investments Unlimited: A Novel About DevOps, Security, Audit Compliance, and Thriving in the Digital Age by Bill Bensing, Jason Cox, Michael Edenzon, Topo Pal, John Rzezotarski, Helen Beal, Caleb Queern, Andres Vega
Would you like to dive into a discussion regarding any of these books or talk about any of the two hundred others? Or what you highly recommend? Let’s talk.