April 30, 2018

Reading List

I used to be a voracios reader through primary school and high school, but it kinda stopped somewhere during campus days. I have rekindled it recently, especially with the ability to read on-line (my preference is Google Play Books on Android), although I have also still do read soft-cover books, that I have on my desk at work, or in the lounge at home.

It seems that my preference is to read the samples on Google Play, which is about 4 chapters or so of the book, then I purchase it if I like it. I sometimes will read samples of different books, and then purchase the one that really caught my attention the most, and come back to the others later.

This is brilliant article that talks about the way you read books and what is says about your intelligence.

My tastes

This includes tech, motivation (but mostly around tech), fiction, and wildlife. I really enjoy Scott Burken, and I have a few of his books below. I discovered few of the others when I read Burkens Myth of Innovation, and he referred to other books on innovation, so I have a few of those in the list as well.
I enjoyed Gene Kim's Project Phoenix, so I have his other DevOps handbook in the list.

I've got most of IT Revolutions books:


This is the list of books I have in my Google Play bookstore, and have read most of the samples for, that I will choose from next to purchase. My two most favorite authors are Gene Kim and Scott Berkun, so I'm checking out their next books.

  • The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
  • The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker – Scott Berkun
  • Lean Enterprise, How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale – Jez Humble
  • The Lean Startup, How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries
  • The Startup Way, How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth – Eric Ries
  • Extreme Ownership, How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Continuous API Management, Making the Right Decisions in an Evolving Landscape – Mehdi Medjaoui, Erik Wilde, Ronnie Mitra, Mike Amundsen
  • API Management, An Architect's Guide to Developing and Managing APIs for Your Organization – Brajesh De
  • DevOps for Digital Leaders, Reignite Business with a Modern DevOps-Enabled Software Factory – Aruna Ravichandran, Kieran Taylor, Peter Waterhouse


This is the list of completed books: (most recent at the top)



  • ACCELERATE: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations: Coming off the work that Gene Kim did on the State of DevOps Reports each year, this details all the research they did, that shows that DevOps practices will improve your bottom line.
  • Build APIs You Won't Hate - Phil Sturgeon: Its not a normal book to read, but has code samples to follow along with, and parts that you really need to think about and apply to your API development. I wrote a review based on the main points that really helped me with my API developement journey.
  • My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrel. How a young boy, living on a Greek island, picked up his love for animals, and became a world famous zooligst. I've also read the other books in this series
  • Zoo Quest: The Adventures of a Young Naturalist - David Attenborough. The Zoo Quest series is about how a young David went on animal collecting expeditions to different countries.
  • The Trouble with Africa – Vic Guhrs
  • Cry of the Kalahari - Mark Owens
  • The Unicorn Project


  • Huawei: Leadership, Culture, Connectivity. I have worked with Huawei so many times during my career and was always fascinated by their ethos. This provides a glimpse into what makes them tick.
  • DevOps for Digital Leaders, Reignite Business with a Modern DevOps-Enabled Software Factory


  • Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, then Ignored the Personal Computer about real Innovation, leadership, structures and politics of companies, and how it influenced them. I wrote a post that can act as a book review
  • Myths of Innovation - Scott Berkun


  • Project Phoenix - Gene Kim: This is the IT version of The Goal. It accurately describes what IT Operations people do. This also answers the question "what do you do" when asked by your grandmother
  • Crucial Conversations


  • Making Things Happen - Scott Berkun
  • Critical Chain - Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Its Not Luck - Eliyahu M. Goldratt