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Apprenticeship Patterns

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Hoover, D.; Oshineye, A. (2009) Apprenticeship Patterns. O'Reilly Media, Inc.. isbn: 978-0596518387.
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For individuals transitioning to new teams or roles, ‘Apprenticeship Patterns’ offers invaluable advice. In this book, the authors provide practical guidance on seamlessly and efficiently integrating into a new work environment. The book’s unique structure presents these insights in the form of a pattern list, each offering actionable advice. One particularly memorable pattern, ‘Sweep the Floor,’ underscores the importance of performing the ‘grunt work’ in order to be of immediate value to a team.

complexity categories: novice reference

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

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Rosenberg, M.B. (2015) Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life. PuddleDancer Press. isbn: 978-1892005281.
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Rosenberg teaches how to talk to others in an empathetic way. But above else, he shows the need for compasionate self-talk, and deep understanding of our own desires and needs. While his verbal forms sound a bit artificial and forced, after some practise, you will be able to include the non-violent style of communication in your own relationships. After all, what is the use in conversing if not to understand each other.

complexity categories: novice

Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management

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Rothman, J. & Derby, E. (2005) Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. The Pragmatic Bookshelf. isbn: 978-0976694021.
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The story of an experienced manager, brought into a company to save it. The reader follows along as “Sam” journeys through the corporate landscape, and has conversations with his direct reports. Rothman manages to convey important good management practices in an elegant, and easily diggestible way.

complexity categories: intermediate

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

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Lencioni, P. (2009) The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. Winsome Book India. isbn: 978-8126522743.
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You will find a plethora of books on how to build succesful teams, but you will not find many that explain what factors can break a team. By focussing on the dark side of team dynamics, Lencioni informs us of what to look out for when working with others. He explains how a lack of trust between individuals eventually cascades into a lack of overall results. A must-read book for team leaders and team members alike.

complexity categories: intermediate

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change

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Beck, K. & Andres, C. (2004) Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change. Addison-Wesley. isbn: 978-0321278654.
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Beck describes a project methodology that focusses on the daily practices developers can use, in order to achieve results in a faster, reliable, and sustainable way. While other methodologies dive into team structure, and management, Beck and Andres decided to stick to reusable practices that can be applied in most settings. This book popularized the ideas of “Test Driven Development” and “Pair Programming”, and is a must read for any developer that is looking to increase their knowledge of project approaches and the technical practices that support them.

complexity categories: intermediate reference

Driving Technical Change

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Ryan, T. (2019) Driving Technical Change. The Pragmatic Bookshelf. isbn: 978-1934356609.
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In ‘Driving Technical Change,’ the author addresses a common frustration among technologists – the challenge of persuading others to adopt their ideas for technical improvement. Ryan offers invaluable guidance on how to effectively present and package your suggestions to increase their chances of being accepted. He also highlights the importance of engaging with different types of individuals crucial for bringing your concepts to life. This book is a treasure trove of practical advice, making it an essential read for software developers with some experience. It goes beyond coding skills and shows how to expand your influence and contribute to your organization’s success.

If you are looking to take the next steps to advance your technological career, or enhance your team’s performance, ‘Driving Technical Change’ is a recommended read. It empowers you to transition from merely being a capable programmer to becoming an invaluable asset in driving your team’s overall performance."

complexity categories: intermediate

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

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Skelton, M.; Pais, M. (2019) Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow. It Revolution Press. isbn: 9781942788829.
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What is the best way to organize your team? How can you ensure that your team is set up for success? Is there a way to structure your team that will allow for fast flow of work? In Team Topologoes, the authors evolve the idea behind DevOps Topologies into a model for or organizational design. Based on the idea that the structure of your team will influence the flow of work, the authors present a model to design team boundaries and communication lines based on the need for interaction between the teams.

The authors suggest four essential team types and three interaction models, and present multiple real-world cases where the topologies approach was used to great effect. This book is a recommended read for anyone interested in team dynamics, organizational design, and the flow of work within corporate settings.

complexity categories: advanced reference