Bookclub

Hey there and welcome to our Bookclub. Here we introduce you to a careful selection of the most influential books that have inspired our blog posts. Enjoy browsing.

Scrum
Jeff Sutherland
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Flash Boys
Michael Lewis
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
Mark Manson
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The Infinite Game
Simon Sinek
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
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Excellence Wins
Horst Schulze
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni
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The Phoenix Project
Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford
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The Surprising Science of Meetings
Steven G. Rosenberg
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Jeff Sutherland: Scrum

What is it about?
Jeff Sutherland is one of the fathers of the framework Scrum that is now used in many technology companies and is proven to accelerate development projects by great amount. Sutherland takes the reader on the journey how we actually work and how we think we work and offers the Scrum framework to fix what seemed unfixable.

Who is the book for?
Scrum is written for everyone, and don’t worry if you have nothing to do with IT or technology. It’s not about IT. It’s about improvement, the increase of productivity and satisfaction at the same time.

Why should I read it?
Scrum is very engagingly written – at the point when he describes how his team achieved transcendent I even shed a tear. It is extremely useful and eye opening. If you’re still not sure, have a read of our article about it.

Read the accompanying article: What the hell is Scrum

A book that has the potential to change your life.

Mark Manson: The Subtle Art of Not giving a Fuck

What is it about?
You will find this book in the self-help section of your book store. But I would rather put it in the Emotional Intelligence section. If you expect it will tell you how to be happy then grab another one. It’s a book about values in life – things that matter and things we give way to many fucks about.  

Who is the book for?
Mark Manson’s book has an awful lot in common with and Simon Sinek’s The Infinite Game. So if you like Sinek, you’ll like Manson. But if you don’t like the word Fuck, don’t read it.

Why should I read it?
Mark Manson is the person you would want to have around at a party. His style of writing is brilliant – funny and insightful at the same time. So if you want to read an upload

10 out of 10 points! Best book this year!

Michael Lewis: Flash Boys

What is it about?
The book is about high frequency trading and the advantage it gave to some insiders of the US stock market. One day, a small group of  ‘finance rebels’ decides to expose and correct some of these questionable practices. The Wall Street revolt is on. 

Who is the book for?
Everyone should wonder what is happening to our money (typically invested by our pension funds) in the stock market. The book is written like a fiction, which makes it easy to read even if you are not a finance specialist.

Why should I read it?
If you work in finance, it might change your perception. If you don’t work in finance, you will learn a lot. 

Read the accompanying article: Flash boys, a wall street novel

Probably the only exciting book about High Frequency Trading you will ever read!

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Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game

What is it about?
Finite games, such as football or chess have a known number of players and are played with agreed rules. The purpose is winning and the winner can easily be identified. In infinite games like business or life there is no winner – the whole purpose is to stay in the game. Simon Sinek explains how an infinite mindset can be inspiring for others and is the source for purpose in live. 

Who is the book for?
Everyone – you, me, your parents. And I strongly believe that this book should be mandatory reading material for all managers, CEOs and students.

Why should I read it?
It will make you think about what ‘success’ actually is and even inspire you to adopt an infinite mindset yourself.

The infinite minded player is the one who stays in the game of business.

Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

What is it about?
This book describes the way we think. For this Daniel Kahneman refers to two systems: the first one is fast, intuitive and emotional; the second one is slower, deliberate and more analytical. Thanks to the numerous examples and experiments described, it helps to better understand the cognitive bias we are continuously facing.

Who is the book for?
For everyone interested in decision-making, either in business or in private life. This books gives some leads on how to make better choices and become more self-conscious.

Why should I read it (twice)?
That book helped me to better understand the way I think. If you read it quickly – as I did the first time – you will certainly want to read it one more time, but then with a bit more focus.

A book to read slowly once, or fast twice.

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Horst Schulze: Excellence Wins

What is it about?
Schulze has written a book about true leadership, about giving purpose and driving towards achieving a vision. Schulze, the co-founder of the Ritz Carlton hotel chain transports his mindset and lets the reader understand whats key to achieve excellence in any business context.

Who is the book for?
Everyone who is sick of the phrase We’ve always done it that way‘ and especially, if you manage a team, have the desire to lead or already or want to start your own venture.

Why should I read it?
Because Schulzes approach on customer service is an example for everyone and he has mastered delivering his insights on servant leadership.

Understand whats the cause for mediocrity, and what delivers excellence.

Patrick Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

What is it about?
The book is written as a leadership fable. A new CEO steps in and finds herself in the middle of dysfunctioning executive team. Along the story Patrick Lencioni describes each of the five dysfunctions and how to overcome these.

Who is the book for?
For everyone working in team, either as a leader or ‘just’ as a member. The practical examples will certainly sound familiar to you (if you work in a dysfuntioning team). 

Why should I read it?
If you are tired of management books presenting theoretical models, that one is different. You get into the story, and get confronted to real-life team issues. The proposed solutions are then explained in practical ways making it easy to reproduce in your own team environment.

The definite handbook of team building

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G. Kim, K. Behr, G. Spafford: The Pheonix Project

What is it about?
It’s a business novel about the concepts of DevOps – although it barely uses the term. An IT manager who has just been promoted because his predecessors have been fired is facing a big problem. A massive project that is the last hope for Parts Unlimited is instead killing it – one firefighting activity is chasing the next.
Kim and his co-authors have created an homage to Eliyahu Goldratts book The Goal. It is about organizational chaos, misalignment and a story how to pull it around.

Who is the book for?
Everyone in project and product management, and certainly IT. If you’re dealing with some sort of change management you’ll get extremely valuable insights. And everyone who has experienced some sort of heroics to get a project up and running will find a practicable solution in this book.

Why should I read it?
The characters portrayed in this book will be so familiar to you that you think the authors have hidden behind your office plant to write about your organisation

Understand the flow of work and find the meaning behind DevOps.

Steven G. Rogelberg: The Surprising Science of Meetings - How You can Lead your Team to Peak Performance

What is it about?
It’s a rather short non-fictional book about – surprise – meetings. Rogelberg argues that meetings are essential in our organizational culture that promote inclusion and democracy. However, although meetings are essential – almost none has received any training on how to run them effectively. Rogelberg tries to change this with his book.

Who is the book for?
If you frequently have to run meetings and are asking yourself ‘what can I do better and how can I engage my attendees more.’ Or if you have sat in poorly led meetings and don’t want to repeat the same mistakes. Then this is the right book for you.

Why should I read it?
You will find indeed surprising insight and facts that Rogelberg has found in years of research. He gives tips about practices you can try for better decision making and active facilitation that will certainly improve how you manage your own meetings.

Read the accompanying article: How to run better meetings

Learn surprising science behind meetings and use this knowledge to improve your own.

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