Offbeat books for software development

  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Be in zone and you will work the best
  • ‘Man’s search for meaning’  by Viktor Frankl – you need to search for the meaning
  • ‘Getting to Yes’ by Roger Fischer, et al – won’t you like to discuss the estimates?
  • Influence by Robert Cialdini  – seminal book on influence and persuasion
  • ‘Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig – what is quality, after all?
  • ‘Soul of a new machine’ by Tracy Kidder – rapid read through the adventure
  • Body Language by Barbara Pease – words come later, body language first
  • Elements of Style by Messrs Strunk and White  – write better, please
  • Emotional Intelligence by Danial Goleman- you need it. How can you think for a user if you don’t have empathy?
  • Alice in wonderland by Lewis Caroll – radical thinking and fun with words
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell – how money, power can corrupt many (there is also a prison experiment to prove it
  • ‘How to win friends and influence people’ by Dale Carnegie – people work better with you when you are likeable, it’s old but not outdated
  • ‘Design of everyday things’ by Donald Norman – on commonsense and elegance in design
  • White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – to get it done, no matter what

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