Books

In which I post book summaries for career planning.

Peak

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.


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.


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.


The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg's 2012 book on habit introduces a bunch of valuable ideas from the academic literature of habit creation, but is ultimately not very useful to the practitioner.


Just F**cking Ship

Amy Hoy's guide to shipping side projects, books, businesses and software — basically, any product you'd like to launch.


All Marketers Are Liars

Seth Godin's 2005 book is about the practice of marketing in a world of noise. Most of these ideas are now conventional wisdom.