Book Summaries

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Obviously Awesome

April Dunford's book on product positioning is awesome, and has some overlap with those of us who are interested in positioning an individual career.

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Peak is a 2016 book from K. Anders Ericsson, the leading authority on deliberate practice. It covers 30 years of research into the field, but ultimately fails as a practical guide to putting it to practice.

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Creative Selection

Ken Kocienda's book is about how Apple builds software in the time of Steve Jobs. Highly recommended, especially if you're a software engineer.

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Teaching Tech Together

Greg Wilson's Teaching Tech Together is ostensibly about teaching computer programming, but contains a wonderfully written section on how humans learn.

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Tiago Forte’s Portfolio Thinking as Time Management Tool

If it's possible to do so, it might be worth it to create a portfolio of mutually-reinforcing career activities. Productivity writer Tiago Forte argues that to do this, consider the point of diminishing returns for each activity, and allocate accordingly.