Review: Dan Ariely – Predictably Irrational

Review: Dan Ariely – Predictably Irrational

We – humans – do a lot of silly things. We never stop to think about them, though. Then comes in Dan Ariely. With his ability to think of experiments that outline our behaviour. I was curious to see where this train of ideas would lead, so I read Predictably Irrational. It might come to a surprise that I found out that I am also very irrational.

“Suppose we are nothing more than the sum of our first, naive, random behaviors. What then?” – Dan Ariely

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Review: Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths – Algorithms to Live By

Review: Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths – Algorithms to Live By

Today, I finished Algorithms to Live By – The Computer Science of Human Decisions. I found out about this book at a meetup about software craftsmanship. At the meetup, we discussed the first chapter of the book and it looked very promising. Hence, I decided to read it. Here’s what it did to me.

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Review: Patrick Lencioni – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Review: Patrick Lencioni – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Last week I read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable. It’s a non-fiction book about teamwork and what makes teams fail, but told via a fable. It’s a fun read and Patrick Lencioni adds cool characters for his story.

So, what did I think about the book?

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Review: Randall Munroe – what if? Serious Scientific Questions to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Review: Randall Munroe – what if? Serious Scientific Questions to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

I have been a fan of xkcd for quite some time. A lot of Randall Munroe’s comics concern IT and technology jokes, and I’m always in for that! On his website, he also has a “what if” inbox. Here, he allows people to ask absurd hypothetical questions which he will answer as seriously as possible. And then he went and made a book of those questions and answers!

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Review: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford – The Phoenix Project

Review: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford – The Phoenix Project

Wow. I have never read a non-fiction IT book before. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win helps you understand what the value of IT is in modern organisations. While I have some doubts about the stories, I do like that as an IT guy I can relate to much of the problems presented.

Let’s have a look at The Phoenix Project.

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Review: Daniel H. Pink – Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Review: Daniel H. Pink – Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

I’ve been catching up to a lot of things lately concerning my work environment. Not only do I work for a great company, I also like what I do there. Why is that? Why do I like to go to work while I know other people who are having difficulties getting to theirs? A colleague suggested I would read the Drive book. And so I did. Here’s what I think of it.

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Review: Esther Derby & Diana Larsen – Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

Review: Esther Derby & Diana Larsen – Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

I like feedback. It’s great. Totally awesome. Sorry, let me untrumpify that: I enjoy feedback a lot. I think it is a great tool to learn things and to adjust your course. And it helps you improve. At my job, we try to continuously improve ourselves and our projects. One means of getting feedback, is through retrospectives. And to improve those, I decided to read this book.

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