As I prepare to turn over the reins of the CG-LIMS project to another leader, I want to provide my replacement a reading list. I will use this post to share ten books: one book a month between now and when I'm replaced. These books have have influenced me over the years as I've delivered IT tools. This list could also be useful for anyone working in the field either in government or in the private sector.
These ten books are a subset of the project library we created a few months ago. It was hard to pare the list to just ten, so I may share the whole list in a future post. I've constrained the list to ten books so my relief can read one book a month between now and when they arrive. Some are classics, some are fairly new. You may have already read many of them. Hopefully there is at least one that's new to you and piques your interest.
I provided links for easy access to a description and reviews. These aren't affiliate links. There's nothing in it for me. I've also provided links to posts in which I've shared some specific takeaways from the books in project blogs over the years.
Usability Engineering by Jakob Nielsen, 1993. See the December 14, 2008 post, "Putting People First." Also, much of my 2003 Coast Guard Innovation Expo Speech drew form lessons on this book. The slides with notes are on SlideShare. The notes are also available separately.
The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmusson, 2010. This is a straightforward introduction to Agile software development. This served as a common knowledge base for the development team. It's a good basic introduction for anyone considering delivering using an Agile methodology. The first mention of the book is in the comments to the September 26, 2011 post, "Rules of the Game." I also described in in three more posts, January 5, 2012 "Prioritize," May 30, 2012 "Show, Don't Tell," and Emil's April 8, 2012 "Interpreting Development Burndown Charts."
The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge, 1990. See the January 21, 2010 post, "Simple, Familiar Message," the February 16, 2010 post, "Take Five," and the February 18, 2010 post "Finance Drives Logistics."
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, 2011.
Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, 2010.
As I read some of the blog posts this evening to share the links for each book, I was reminded of the great work done by the team who is now delivering CG-LIMS one step at a time. It is an honor to work with each of you!