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Product Management

"In many cases, the structures of larger organizations damage the running of a successful digital strategy.

The web has certain characteristics that do not sit comfortably within the rigid hierarchical structures that exist inside most large organizations. The web requires fast adaptation and close collaboration of people with very different skills."

- Paul Boag, Digital Adaptation

Product Leadership, Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson & Nate Walkingshaw

Looking at Product Management as a discipline the authors present multiple real life scenerios on navigating product life cycle, personalities, and hierarchy.

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Digital Adaptation, Paul Boag

This fantastic book, gives you words and practical advise on how to scale digital in an organization. Ultimately this is the book, most executives should read to understand digital adaptation in large organizations.

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User Experience Revolution, Paul Boag

Putting your user at the center of the experience is more than a lofty vision statement, it can be a practical plan put in place by your team. This book gives the reader pragmatic advise on how to implement user centric experiences.

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DevOps Handbook, Gene Kim & Patrick Debois

This is a reference book. Put in on your bookshelf and visit often.

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Just Enough Research, Erika Hall

Perfect book for the product manager who does not have the money or budget for expensive quantitative and qualitiative research. It's more about just enough research to find learnings to impliment tomorrow in your product.

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Design for Real Life, Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Great read on designing for practical purposes and not lofty expectations. Centers your design on reality and not idealism.

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Webs of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion, Nathalie Nahai

What is responsible influence? What is our role as marketers, knowing the biology of addiction, to produce a responsible experience, ad, game, or to take advantage of addiction to drive downloads, activity, sales. This books talks about these issues, with a way around the manipulation.

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Fiction/Alegory

"Any improvement made after the bottleneck is useless, because it will always remain starved, waiting for work from the bottlneck.

And any improvements made before the bottleneck merely results in more inventory piling up at the bottleneck."

- The Phoenix Project

The Goal, Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Focused on manufacturing and how we can create an system that values output, but not at the expense of throughput. This is the foundational book for lean manufacturing and the broader lean movement, written in story form. Highly reccomended read.

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The Phoenix Project, Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, & George Spafford

I recommend reading The Goal first, to understand the larger concepts of lean manufacturing. Then dig into this fictionalized book which takes the theories and concepts of The Goal, putting them into the context of software development and ecommerce. Highly reccomended read.

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Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors, Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni takes a very sensitive topic, and creates a world via fiction that puts words to your annoyances. In giving the frustration a context, it allows you to look at your behavior and the behaviors of your teammates in a brand new light. Highly recoomended.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni

Trust, conflict, committment, avoidance, innattention -- 5 areas of dysfunction that can plague large teams and small teams, distributed teams and colocated teams. In reading the fable, you see the way out of the current climate, with action steps you can take to your team tomorrow to stave off dysfunction.

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Design

"I believe in the two-way bridges we build that connect us to one another. I believe in the deep interconnectedness of everything, in the benefits of our codependency, and in the opportunity of today when we believe in a tomorrow."

- Frank Chimero

The Shape of Design, Frank Chimero

There is no other design book out in the world that looks at design in this way. Chimero is not only a talented designer, but his talent in writing about design is unsurpassed. Buy this now.

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The Manual, Multiple Authors

The first four books were printed and the content was shared online, the last book was not printed and only shared online. Either way the essay then lesson format allows for the reader to think critically, then see the application of the concept. Some of my favorite designers/authors contributed to this collection. Highly recommend.

The Manual - Online Archives.


Articulating Design Decisions, Tom Greever

How do we talk about design to non-designers, to executives and stakeholders? This book gives designers practical advise on how to talk about design, to move people past the idea of design as a creative endeavor or just content, to see it as a strategic discipline within the organization.

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Designing Voice Interfaces, Cathy Pearl

New technologies, bring new opportunities. In this book, Cathy looks at conversational experiences: text, sms, chatbots, and assistants, presenting principles of conversation that cannot be left out of your Voice UX design.

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A Book Apart

"Interactive Sytems should evoke the best qualities of living human communities -- active, social, simple and present -- not passive, isolated, complex, or closed off."

- Erika Hall, Conversational Design

Conversational Design, Erika Hall

How do we design for the new technologies? Voice UX, Chatbots, Assistants, and text message -- Erika Hall looks at human interaction as the key to successful conversational design, not efficiency or process.

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Just Enough Research, Erika Hall

Perfect book for the product manager who does not have the money or budget for expensive quantitative and qualitiative research. It's more about just enough research to find learnings to impliment tomorrow in your product.

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Responsible Responsive Design, Scott Jehl

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Designing for Touch, Josh Clark

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Responsive Web Design, Ethan Marcotte

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Going Offline, Jeremy Keith

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Accessibility for Everyone, Laura Kalbag

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Design for Real Life, Eric Meyer & Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Great read on designing for practical purposes and not lofty expectations. Centers your design on reality and not idealism.

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Smashing Books

"A design system is a set of interconected patterns and shared practices coherently organized to achieve the purpose of digital products."

- Alla Kholmatova, Design Systems


Digital Adaptation, Paul Boag

This fantastic book, gives you words and practical advise on how to scale digital in an organization. Ultimately this is the book, most executives should read to understand digital adaptation in large organizations.

Buy from Smashing Books.


User Experience Revolution, Paul Boag

Putting your user at the center of the experience is more than a lofty vision statement, it can be a practical plan put in place by your team. This book gives the reader pragmatic advise on how to implement user centric experiences.

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Design Systems, Alla Kholmatova

This is a very practical guide to design systems. Best read as you are developing or researching design system implementation. Read, apply, read apply, repeat.

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Form Design Patterns, Adam Silver

Another very practical guide to systematizing your design principles in large software projects that need a repeatable design implimentations. This is for designers and developers, to hone their form skills.

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Inclusive Design Patterns, Heydon Pickering

Designing inclusively is more about how to design development patterns that are inclusive of all options or majority of options. Best used by designers and developers actively trying to tackle a complex problem with many solutions.

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The Sketch Handbook, Christian Krammer

A great book for design classes focused on web design and fast prototyping. This is a thick book meant to be worked through, progressive in nature, to make you a better designer in SKETCH app.

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White Hat UX, Trine Falbe, Kim Andersen & Martin Michael Frederiksen

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Smashing Book #5 - Real Life Responsive Web Design, Multiple Authors

A collection of writing on the subject of Responsive Web Design. For your bookshelf and reference to work through over time.

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Smashing Book #6 - New Frontiers In Web Design, Multiple Authors

Collection of books in one volume. Looking at design and web development from the perspective of practitioners.

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Business Strategy

"Before we are entitled to encourage other companies to act responsibly we have to do so ourselves. There's only one way to lead, and that's by being in front and leading by example. Our environmental assessment program educates us, and with education we have choices.

When we act positively on solving problems instead of ignoring them or trying to find a way around them, we are further along the path toward sustainability. Every time we've elected to do the right thing, it's turned out to be more profitable."

- Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing

The Responsible Company, Yvon Chouinard

Are you building a responsible company? Yvon Chouinard looks back on 40 years of Patagonia history to extract the values that drive him and his company to think responsibly. A must read for any entrepreneur.

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Let My Peole Go Surfing, Yvon Chouinard

How do we build a team of people who love their work and their life? This book looks at empowering your people and trusting them to get the job done, even when the swell is peaking.

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A Family Business: Innovative On-Site Child Care Since 1983, Malinda Pennoyer Chouinard & Jennifer Ridgeway

Lovely read. A practical guide to building a business around empowered moms. Presence and proximity, can increase productivity, not hamper it.

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The B Corp Handbook, Ryan Honeyman & Tiffany Jana

How can you build a company that looks out for the stakeholders and the shareholders? This book is a practicle guide to structuring a companies by-laws in a way that protects the environment and communities that have a stake in your business.

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The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber

Working on your business is hard to do, when you are working so hard in your business. This book will give you insight as to how to duplicate yourself and trust that the job will get done as you transition out of the daily tasks of your business.

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Rewired, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

New work for the digital age. How do we work in a way that gives our employees life, joy, fulfillment? This book begins the conversation.

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Remote, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

Are cubicles killing productivity, collaboration, and efficiency? Remote looks at ways in which to empower your people to get the work done, with the digital tools available today. 9-5 is a thing of the past. It's what you deliver that matters.

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Leadership

"This is a quote that is relevant or inspiring to me, as it relates to the section."

- by this author

The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success, Steven J. Stein

Practical guide to how to increase your emotional quotient (EQ). Academic in scope, applicable to large or small groups.

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Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

Meaning. In the concentration camps of World War II, Viktor Frankl saw hope dashed to pieces and humans pushed the their absolute limits. This book is a testimony to meaning, and how you can find it.

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StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath

Get to know yourself. What are the strengths you should lean into? What do your strengths say about you?

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Techwise Family, Andy Crouch

How do you see technology? How do your kids see technology? This book gives you sometimes practical, sometimes extreme advise on how to be Tech wise in your home.

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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, Jaron Lanier

Yes, they are listening. Jaron proposes we ditch social media, until the founders fix their mistakes. I challenge you to read this and NOT take action.

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HBR EQ Series

"This is a quote that is relevant or inspiring to me, as it relates to the section."

- by this author

Self-Awareness, Harvard Business Review Press

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Focus, Harvard Business Review Press

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Authentic Leadership, Harvard Business Review Press

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Resilience, Harvard Business Review Press

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Mindfulness, Harvard Business Review Press

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Dealing with Difficult People, Harvard Business Review Press

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Happiness, Harvard Business Review Press

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Influence and Persuasion, Harvard Business Review Press

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Empathy, Harvard Business Review Press

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Purpose, Meaning, and Passion, by Harvard Business Review Press

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