The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young, 2016

Book details Author link: http://www.shinzen.org Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Science-Enlightenment-How-Meditation-Works-ebook/dp/B01KUGQYJO My rating: ★★★★☆ Some thoughts Mindfulness and meditation are trendy. Or maybe that’s just my impression. There are many trainings and meditation experts out there, luring you to the places of clarity and tranquility, ability of getting over stressful and painful experiences in an easier way and…

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Book details Author link: http://www.boxofcrayons.biz/the-coaching-habit-book/ Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BUIBBZI/ My rating: ★★★★☆ Some thoughts The book is an elaboration of a simple trick: try to listen more and ask questions, rather than directly giving advice. I enjoyed the lecture of the book and the explanations of the 7 questions. Like all this kind of advice, I…

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

Book details Author link: https://arbinger.com/ Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GUPYRUS/ My rating: ★★★★☆ Some thoughts I think The Arbinger Institute are on to something. It is still not 100% clear for me how someone gets in the box in the workplace, but I can definitely recognise the situation where one would throw trash at the company, without…

Actionable Gamification – Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards

Book details Author link: http://yukaichou.com/ Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Actionable-Gamification-Beyond-Points-Leaderboards/dp/1511744049 My rating: ★★★★☆ Some thoughts I like the Octalysis framework and its concepts. I think it makes sense and can be applied in pretty much anything related to people. The book has A LOT of well known examples which makes it easier to understand the basics. I…

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, 2014

Book details Author link: https://www.scruminc.com/ Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Scrum-Doing-Twice-Work-Half/dp/038534645X My rating: ★★★☆☆(3/5) Some thoughts I enjoyed reading this book, it is quite an easy read, which you wouldn’t expect after you go through the Scrum Guide. It goes through the origins of Scrum and the concepts behind it. It is filled with success stories, projects that…

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)) by Lyssa Adkins, 2010

Book details Author link: http://www.coachingagileteams.com/ Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Coaching-Agile-Teams-ScrumMasters-Addison-Wesley/dp/0321637704 My rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) Some thoughts In a world where agile is mostly understood as processes, Lyssa Adkins includes in it also the human part. So an agile coach doesn’t just take care of the process, but coaches and mentors the team and the people in it,…

Great books

I’ve read some really great books in the last couple of years. Here’s a list of those books. The value of these books is relative to whatever the reader takes out from them. Just putting them in the ‘read’ list of Goodreads won’t make the reader rich, successful or in any way different. Already read…

val team = geek++

Let’s face it: a typical geek is not known for his social skills, best manners or his exquisite taste in clothes. Of course, most of the geeks are not typical either, but again most of them would prefer to be buried in bad code than holding a presentation or buy clothes for a fancy party…