Since the last update, I have been paying attention to the career side of things.
Pragmatic Thinking & Learning: Refactor Your Wetware, by Andy Hunt. I really enjoyed Andy’s approach to this book. It is full of tidbits and insights that lay the groundwork for ‘refactoring you wetware’. I am about to embark on a ‘Pragmatic Investment Plan’ to learn Python and I will be SMART about it..
After that I read, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management, by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby. This was definitely an interesting read. These are things that I know from my practice as a consultant, watching good managers and bad, but I wouldn’t have had the insight to write them down. I have implemented a few of the techniques now that I am a manager.
Just in general, I am always pleased by the books from The Pragmatic Bookshelf, they are relevant and always written in an accessible style. For me, that title used to belong to APress; No longer. And not for a while really. If I could afford to, I’d probably buy one of each of Andy and Dave’s titles; maybe more as gifts.
The last book that I picked up recently, and I’m halfway through, is Malcolm Gladwell’s latest, Outliers: The Story of Success. It will make you think about all those “picked myself up by my own bootstraps” biographies you’ve read over the years. Recommended.