2019 Favorite Books
I cannot believe 2019 is almost over. Since I have transitioned from being an engineer to being an engineering manager, my reading has changed to include some books that will (hopefully) help me become a better manager. I still read technical books, but I am learning how to think more strategically instead of just tactically.
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Favorite Books 2019
- Site Reliability Engineering - The book from Google that defined how they practically apply DevOps principals. Available online for free, or as print or electronic book.
- The Manager’s Path - This book is all about becoming an engineering manager, and is specifically targeted at engineers making the transition. I have found it to very helpful in my own journey.
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High - A helpful guide for having difficult conversations with people.
- Technology-as-a-Service Playbook: How to Grow a Profitable Subscription Business - A guide for software companies looking to transition from selling traditional perpetual licenses to selling software-as-a-service subscriptions. Also an interesting look at strategic thinking.
- Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior - A continuation on my personal study of the five solas of the Reformation. This books looks at the doctrine of Solus Christus and the singular uniqueness and significance of Jesus.
- The Invisible Library - A fun steampunk adventure featuring a librarian who travels between dimensions and time to fight evil forces and secure dangerous books.
- The Ashes of Worlds - The final book in the “Saga of Seven Suns”. A fitting end to this space opera. I thought it did an admiral job of wrapping this epic story.