I like to recommend things, and I end up frantically googling a link when I want to share something. This page aims to stop my frenetic nature of sharing.


Being Geek Michael Lopp

This was pretty much the first tech book I read. It was late 2010, when I was a couple of years into my first ‘proper development’ job and was itching to know and do more.

If you are enjoying being an Individual Contributor (IC) this is the book for you.

Managing Humans Michael Lopp

About 18 months after I read ‘Being Geek’ I landed my first management gig. So, back to Rands for more advice. A lovely book, great insight, and after reading this 3 times, I can still wholeheartedly recommend this book.

The Manager's Path Camille Fournier

This was recommended to me by Cédric Mourizard and it did not disappoint. Camille is very knowledgeable of all aspects of management within the software industry, and after reading just one page I spent the rest of the book just nodding my head. With sound advice and snippets from others in the industry this book felt well considered.

The way it was written was also very inclusive and engaging.

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried

I am still thinking how to wordify my thoughts on this book, other than it’s awesome, and I totally agree with pretty much every single line of it.

Debugging Teams Brian Fitzpatrick & Ben Collins-Sussman

Another suggestion from Cédric Mourizard who is quickly becoming my book suggestion guru. Brian and Ben obviously know their stuff, and each page provides insight that is worth taking note of. With real suggestions and advice, I highly recommend this book to anyone working in a team.

This will be kept on my desk as a ‘go to guide’ from now.

Engineering Management for the Rest of Us Sarah Drasner

I am a big fan of management books like this. Actionable content that takes you on a personal journey. I found myself taking notes of things I wanted to try out and understand more. I was an IC when I was reading this book, and still found value in it.

The DevOps Handbook Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, Jez Humble

I would highly recommend this to anyone working in the tech sector, and probably wider too. I think this cemented my thinking around DevOps and ways of working. What a journey, I think we were doing some of this at Plusnet back in 2008, but didn’t really know what to call it all.

Fired up and ready to go Barack Obama

This gives me goosebumps.

If you can change a room, you can change a city.
If you can change a city, you can change a state.
If you can change a state, you can change a nation.
If you can change a nation, you can change the world.
Great story telling, and at no point did he ask people to vote for him!

Greatness: Intent leadership David Marquet

Recommended to me by my boss. It’s a good listen, and the graphics are great. Sounds easy, it’s not.

Be curious, not judgemental Ted Lasso

I mean the entire Ted Lasso series is just a thing of beauty. This scene brings tears to my eyes. I made my kids watch this, it is so good. Barbecue sauce!