Thinking in Systems

A Primer

Author(s): Donella H. Meadows View on thriftbooks View on Amazon We can’t control systems or figure them out. But we can dance with them! Mental Models of Systems Everything we think we know about the world is a model… None of this is or ever will be the real world. Our models of the world and how things are interconnected are “pretty good”, but they are far from perfect and are incomplete. [Read More]

Hold Me Tight

Seven conversations for a lifetime of love

Hold Me Tight discusses a practice known as Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT for short. EFT is heavily based on John Bowlby's Attachment Theory. The basis of both EFT and Attachment Theory is the innate need for connections and closeness with others. In Hold Me Tight, author Dr. Sue Johnson discusses EFT in the context of couples with many real world conversations. She also describes how EFT can be a solution for what she calls 'Demon Dialogues' or cyclical arguments where individuals are indirectly demanding each other's attention and love. [Read More]

The Manager's Path

A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth & Change

Camille Fournier is widely respected in the engineering management and wider tech community for sharing her knowledge of the nebulous role of engineering manager. In The Manager's Path, Fournier defines common difficult people or situations that you will most likely face as an engineering manager and how to approach these people or situations. [Read More]

An Elegant Puzzle

Systems of Engineering Management

"An organization is a collection of people working toward a shared goal." Yet, it is often a challenge getting people to "gel" and have everyone work optimally together. This book talks proposes ideas that worked (or didn't work) for the author in his career managing engineers. [Read More]

Born To Run

A hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen

Born To Run tells a story of discovery of not only the best runners, but some of the best athletes in the world from deep in the Copper Canyon of Mexico. Individuals from an indigenous group, namely the RarĂ¡muri or Tarahumara, were taken and their running skills were challenged in some of the most difficult races in the United States, where they consistently performed better than the top runners. [Read More]

The Hard Things About Hard Things

Building a business when there are no easy answers

Ben, throughout the book, makes many great points on the topic of hiring and culture. One of the points that stands out most and if I had to pick just one point from this book, it would be that there is no such thing as the perfect person for the position. Or, the perfect person for the position in 18 months. But rather, that there is only the perfect person for the position at your company, _right now_. [Read More]

Life in Code

People imagine that programming is logical, a process like fixing a clock. Nothing could be further from the truth. Programming is more like an illness, a fever, an obsession. [Read More]