Saturday 17 March 2018

Short list about Books

I like reading books. I can't tell if I read many, but I do spend more time reading than watching TV.

Yesterday, at #testbash Brighton, when Vernon said that it was time for a 99 seconds talk, I though about trying to inspire somebody to read at least one book about Software Testing.

So, my short list of books as for March 2018 goes like this:

A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps.

In this book Katrina is able to explain how the infrastructure of a 2018 web business looks like. She does it without using plain words, avoiding any lingo hard to understand. She goes throug technology, methodology and includes a lot of references to continue down the rabbit hole if you feel like.


Ben Kelly talks about how to remain employable, how you should shape your social media, how you should write your CV and how to step into a job interview.
This book is great both if you are looking for new opportunities or if you are doing fine in your current role and you want to keep a updated profile that might help you in a future day.

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.

This book might be more philosophical, but if you are into testing, and you think this is important, you might want to understand why, what is there behind the concept of quality and why does it matter. Beside, if you have a motorcycle it will be easy to get hooked by the story.

The Leprechauns of Software Engineering

This book is about the folklore we have in software engineering. Why do we believe certain things are true, just because others tell us so. Laurent displays a exercise fo critical thinking applied to many of the myths you see over and over.

Becoming a Technical Leader

This is more than a book. It's a conversation with a honest wise man, with somebody who is willing to help you succeed in your career, to understand where you are going, how you are influencing others and hw are others influencing you.
This book made me start a diary, this diary is helping me reflect on my work, on what I have achieved and what options do I have ahead.

So, there are more books you could read, many of them very good ones. But if you are looking for somewhere to start this might be a good list.

And if you are already into reading, you might have a huge pile of pending books, so why not stack one of them.

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