sábado, abril 09, 2016

Great book: How to win friend & influence people

A very useful book about the social interactions and how can we improve our capacity to achieve our goals in a very collaborative/social world. The title sounds like a collection of dirty Jedi mind tricks, but in fact is a collection of good behaviors that can help us to achieve our goals looking always for a win win situation.

Is very easy to read and have a lot of practical examples.
I think that it deserve a deep reading and put in practice the tips/behaviors from the book...

Another great book: Thinking Fast Slow, Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast Slow, Daniel Kahneman

IMHO a must read for any human being. In my case it changes how I think about the thinking process and make me more conscious about my own reactions, decisions, limitations, etc.

A great book, It have good explanations and a lot of examples and experiments. In fact, the experiments some times can be a little boring. I think that there is another "simplified" version that perhaps has less number of experiments or with less detail. Anyway, this version or the other is a complete must read...

The author explains the two different "thinking systems", the system one that is fast, intuitive, emotional and cheap in terms of energy and the system two that is rational, logical, deliberative and for sure, slower and with higher energy consumption. We usually identify ourselves with the second one, but in fact we use the first one almost all the time. The book help us to identify this systems, recognize when we are using each one and even how we can make conscious efforts to use the system two or train/improve the system one.

Very interesting reading.

If you doesn't have the time you can show this presentation Fast and Slow" | Talks at Google

lunes, marzo 28, 2016

Some books I recently read

The Lean Startup Eric Ries A great and practical book on how to sistematicaly apply the cientific method in the context of startups. I think this is the "must read" book for any startup.
I am very surprised to discover that there are a lot of startup than don't apply this method or even don't know about its existence. I think that is unforgivable mistake...
This book starts a movement to make a very cost effective "business discovery" processes :)

The Amazon Way John Rossman. A interesting book about a strong culture with  a very deep/interiorized values. Easy reading and very well structured. Interesting to get ideas, but not all of them are for me :)

The Lean CEO Javob Stoller Interesting vision about the needed support from the CEO for any Lean transformation. From the book you can derive that without this kind of support any transformation of this kind is doomed to fail... We need more of this open minded CEOs :)

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox. A very interesting book narrated as a novel about a transformation to Lean. Some very interesting metaphors, tips and even the mind process to archive the profound change needed.
Very interesting for industrial manufacturing, but If you come from the IT/Software development bussines, is better to read the The Phoenix Project that have the same structure but for IT context. Anyway is an excelent book that deserves a carful reading if you are interested in lean.

Zero to One Peter Thiel, Blake Masters. Interesting book about the diferents way of thinking to create a completly new markets and real innovation. A complementary book for The Innovator's dilemma but in my case, I don't think that this book changed my way of thinking... A good reading anyway.

The Lean Enterprise: How Corporations Can Innovate Like Startups Trevor Owens, Obie Fernandez. Is funny becouse I read this book becouse a confusion... I wan to read http://www.amazon.com/Lean-Enterprise-Performance-Organizations-Innovate/dp/1449368425 but I just buy the wrong one, so for sure is not the content I was looking for ;)
Anyway is an interesting book very focused on how structure different organizations to innovate even in a context that make ir very difficult. The content does indeep overlap with The Innovator's dilemma so it give me some perspective but no new points of view.

For past reviews, see my reviews at goodreads

lunes, enero 18, 2016

Desarrolladores motivados

Todas las experiencias de equipos que consiguen un éxito sostenido a medio y largo plazo desarrollando software tienen un nexo común.... Da igual que hablemos de Extreme programming, engineer culture, programmers anarchy o incluso éxitos de procesos waterfall...

Siempre se habla de desarrolladores muy motivados guiados o involucrados en el negocio y centrados en la excelencia técnica y la calidad.

Dado que siempre el nexo es los desarrolladores motivados, quizas debamos centrarnos en eso, y lo mismo resulta que en ese caso funciona todo (waterfall, agile, caos, anarchy, etc...)

Por cierto, desarrolladores motivados no implica mesas de ping pong y consola de videojuegos. No conozco ningun desarrollador (profesional) que esté motivado si no genera valor o resuelve problemas reales...