Book List

In the past few years I've been making a transition from a specialized software quality related role to а more broad director of engineering role. From direct manager to manager of managers. Here is a list of books I found very helpful seeing the big picture and hopefully useful if you’re on a similar journey. The list is in no particular order and will be updated in the future.

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

The Unicorn Project: A Novel About Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data

The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education

Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos

The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results

Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework

The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition

It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Ask Your Developer: How to Harness the Power of Software Developers and Win in the 21st Century

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World's Toughest Problems

Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

the Work of Management: A Daily Path to Sustainable Improvement

Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More

The Spirit of Kaizen: Creating Lasting Excellence One Small Step at a Time

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

High Output Management

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development

The Machine That Changed the World

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right