Books Read by Iain White

Iain White’s Book List

Some leadership and technology books read by Iain White.

  • Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott
  • Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value by Melissa Perri
  • Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
  • Atomic Habits: an Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • Think Like a CTO by Alan Williamson
  • The 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team by Patrick M. Lencioni
  • Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey K. Liker
  • The Art of Lean Software Development by Curt Hibbs, Steve Jewett, Mike Sullivan.
  • I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze by Deepak Malhotra
  • Finding Balance in a Digital World by Doreen Dodgen-Magee
  • Link Building Strategies for SEO by Warren Mori
  • Take the Long View by Eric Ries
  • Navigating Bias at Work by Meara Habashi
  • Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
  • The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time: How Apple, Ford, IBM, Zappos, and others made radical choices that changed the course of business by Fortune Magazine
  • Leadership is an Art by Max De Pree
  • The SaaS Playbook: Build a Multimillion-Dollar Startup Without Venture Capital by Rob Walling
  • Competing with Unicorns: How the World’s Best Companies Ship Software and Work Differently by Jonathan Rasmusson
  • Demystifying IT: The Language of IT for the CEO by Bhopi Dhall, Saurajit Kanungo
  • Project Myopia: Why Projects Damage Software #NoProjects by Allan Kelly
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome by Kelly Vincent
  • Z.E.O.: How to Get A(Head) in Business by Scott Kenemore
  • CIO Survival Guide: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer by Karl D. Schubert
  • CTO Excellence in 100 Days: Becoming the Leader Your Company Deserves by Etienne de Bruin
  • 12 Principles of Project Management: The Time Machine Tale: A PMP® and CAPM® Exam Study Aid by Phill Akinwale
  • The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book by Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves
  • The Race by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Robert E. Fox
  • Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking by Mattias Skarin
  • A Little Book About Requirements and User Stories by Allan Kelly
  • Wicked Problems, Righteous Solutions: A Catologue of Modern Engineering Paradigms by Peter Degrace, Leslie Hulet Stahl
  • The Clean Architecture in PHP by Kristopher Wilson
  • Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities by Patrick Lencioni
  • Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design by Robert C. Martin
  • The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick Lencioni
  • System Design Interview – An insider’s guide by Alex Xu
  • SDLC 100 Success Secrets: 100 Most asked Questions by Jeremy Lewis
  • Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty by Patrick Lencioni
  • Laws of UX: Using Psychology to Design Better Products & Services by Jon Yablonski
  • The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni
  • The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  • Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried
  • A Gentle Introduction to Lean Software Development by Stephen Haunts
  • Web3 by Harvard Business Review
  • The Dip: A little Book That Teaches You When To Quit (And When to Stick) by Seth Godin
  • Winning the Zero Moment of Truth – ZMOT by Jim Lecinski
  • I’m on LinkedIn Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn by Jason Alba
  • Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide To The Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth S. Rubin
  • Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance – A Business Novel by Dee Jacob
  • Agile Coaching by Rachel Davies, Liz Sedley
  • Clean Agile: Back to Basics by Robert C. Martin
  • Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems by Ryan Ripley, Todd Miller
  • Agile Leadership Toolkit: Learning to Thrive with Self-Managing Teams by Peter Koning
  • The Professional Agile Leader: The Leader’s Journey Toward Growing Mature Agile Teams and Organizations by Kurt Bittner, Laurens Bonnema, Ron Eringa
  • What is this thing called THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS and how should it be implemented? by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss, Tahl Raz
  • The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results by Graham Waller, Karen Rubenstrunk, George Hallenbeck
  • The Wolf In CIO’s Clothing: a Machiavellian strategy for successful IT leadership by Tina Nunno
  • PRINCE2 Agile An Implementation Pocket Guide: Step-by-step advice for every Project Type by Jamie Lynn Cooke
  • Goldratt’s Rules of Flow: The Principles of The Goal Applied to Projects by Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag
  • The Choice By Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Efrat Goldratt
  • Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
  • The Adventures of an IT Leader by Robert D. Austin, Shannon O’Donnell, Richard L. Nolan
  • Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT by Martha Heller
  • Confessions of a Successful CIO: How the Best CIOs Tackle Their Toughest Business Challenges by Dan Roberts, Brian Watson
  • Agile Project Management With Scrum by Ken Schwaber
  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the world’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Jim Harter
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • First Principles in Scrum by Jeff Sutherland
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership: Follow Them And People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell
  • 2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Fun Lean Culture at Work & at Home by Paul A. Akers
  • Software in 30 Days: How Agile Managers Beat the Odds, Delight Their Customers, and Leave Competitors in the Dust by Ken Schwaber, Jeff Sutherland
  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink
  • Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
  • How to Talk to Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere: 3 Steps to Make Instant Connections by Chris Widener
  • Gutenberg the Geek by Jeff Jarvis
  • Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking: What You Really Need to Know to Build High-Performing Digital Product Teams by Jeff Gothelf
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The CIO Paradox by Martha Heller
  • Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman
  • Modern CTO by Joel Beasley
  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr
  • Making Work Visible by Dominica DeGrandis
  • Agile Leadership: Secret Practices and Tips for Successful Agile Leader by Alex Campbell
  • What It Means to Be a Courageous Leader by Minda Harts
  • Managing Teams From Gen-Z to Boomer by Jennifer Romolini
  • Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning by Chip R. Bell, Marshall Goldsmith
  • Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility by Jonathan Smart
  • The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael Watkins
  • The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille Fournier
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
  • Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
  • Innovative Teams by Harvard Business Review
  • Creating Business Plans by Harvard Business Review
  • Finance Basics by Harvard Business Review
  • Getting Work Done by Harvard Business Review
  • Managing Time by Harvard Business Review
  • Running Meetings by Harvard Business Review
  • Delegating Work by Harvard Business Review
  • Innovative Teams by Harvard Business Review
  • Presentations by Harvard Business Review
  • Managing Up by Harvard Business Review
  • Giving Effective Feedback by Harvard Business Review
  • Managing Projects by Harvard Business Review
  • How a Branding Mindset Boosts Your Career by Kanika Tolver
  • Building Trust to Build a Network by Tiffany Pham
  • The Productive Power of Lists by Paula Rizzo
  • How to Make Inclusive Decisions as a Team by Piper Anderson
  • How to Build a Winning Team by Jay Wright
  • Three Tools for Tackling Tough Conversations by Phil M. Jones
  • The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to Follow by Mark Miller
  • The Most Successful Small Business in The World by Michael Gerber
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
  • Cashflow Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert Kiosaki
  • Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t, Rockefeller Habits 2.0 by Verne Harnish
  • The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions by Mary & Tom Poppendleck
  • Leading Lean Software Development: Results are not the Point by Mary & Tom Poppendleck
  • Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash by Mary & Tom Poppendieck
  • Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary & Tom Poppendleck
  • The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production – Toyota’s Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos
  • Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production by Taiichi Ohno
  • Out Of The Crisis by W Edwards Deming
  • The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education by W Edwards Deming
  • Isn’t It Obvious: Retailing and the Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • It’s Not Luck: Marketing, Production, and the Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Giants By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren PhD, Jez Humble, Gene Kim
  • The Unicorn Project: A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data by Gene Kim
  • The DevOps Handbook, Second Edition: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, John Willis, Nicole Forsgren
  • Beyond The Phoenix Project: The Origins and Evolution of DevOps by Gene Kim, John Willis
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  • The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Andy Stanley
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • The New One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by the Gang of Four
  • The Cathedral and the Bazaar Musings on Linux and Open Source by Eric S. Raymond
  • Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco
  • The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition by Fred Brooks
  • Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation by Wess Roberts, Bill Ross
  • The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master by Andy Hunt, Dave Thomas
  • The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language by Martin Fowler
  • Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin Fowler
  • Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael Feathers
  • Clean Code: A Handbook Of Agile Software Craftsmanship by Robert Martin
  • Beginning JSP Web Development by John Timney, Meeraj Moidoo Kunnumpurath, Romin Irani
  • Professional Apache Tomcat by Ben Galbraith, Allan Liska, Amit Bakore
  • Professional ASP.Net 2.0 by Farhan Muhammad, Srinivasa Sivakumar, Scott Hanselman
  • Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 by John Kauffman, Brian Francis, Jon Duckett
  • Visual Basic.Net by Example by Gabriel Oancea and Robert P. Donald
  • JavaScript and DHTML Cookbook by Danny Goodman
  • Professional Apache by Peter Wainwright
  • PostgreSQL Developer’s Handbook by Ewald Geschwinde
  • Beginning Visual Basic 6 by Peter Wright
  • Visual Basic for DOS Programming by Douglas Hergert
  • Programming Perl by Tom Christiansen
  • JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford
  • JavaScript: The Definitive Guide by David Flanagan
  • Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS & HTML5: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites by Robin Nixon
  • Programming PHP: Creating Dynamic Web Pages by Kevin Tatroe, Peter MacIntyre, Rasmus Lerdorf
  • HTML & XHTML by Chuck Musciano
  • Teach Yourself CGI Programming in a Week by Rafe Colburn
  • Windows Graphics Programming with Borland C++ by Loren Heiny
  • Teach Yourself Borland C++ in 21 Days by Craig Arnush
  • Borland C++ Developer’s Bible by Mark Peterson
  • XML for the World Wide Web by Elizabeth Castro
  • Teach Yourself UML in 24 Hours by Joseph Schmuller
  • Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 21 Days by Greg Perry and Leam
  • Teach Yourself Delphi 3 in 14 Days by Steve Grobman, Dan Osier, Steve Batson
  • Advanced Turbo Pascal: Programming & Techniques by Herbert Schildt
  • Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours by Rogers Cadenhead
  • Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days by Jesse Liberty
  • Dynamic HTML by Danny Goodman
  • Teach Yourself ColdFusion in 21 Days by Charles Mohnike
  • Turbo C/C++: The Complete Reference by Herbert Schildt
  • The C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie
  • DHTML and CSS Advanced by Jason Cranford Teague
  • DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web by Jason Cranfo Teague
  • Peter Norton’s Assembly Language Book for the IBM PC by John Socha and Peter Norton
  • The New Peter Norton Programmer’s Guide to the IBM PC and PS/2: The Ultimate Reference to the Entire Family of IBM Personal Computers by Richard Wilton and Peter Norton
  • The Vienna Development Method: The Meta-Language by Dines Bjørner, Cliff B. Jones
  • Elementary Pascal, Learning to Program Your Computer in Pascal with Sherlock Holmes by Henry Ledgard, Andrew Singer
  • Interfacing and Robotics on the BBC Micro by Ray Bradley
  • Advanced Programming Techniques for the BBC Micro by Jim McGregor, Alan Watt
  • Advanced Machine Code Techniques for the BBC Micro by A. P Sephenson, D.J Stephenson
  • A Concise Introduction to the Language of BBC BASIC by T. J. E. Murphy

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