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In a previous post I noted that Joel Spolsky is putting together a management training program for his firm that will include a required reading list consisting of about 75 books (to be read at a rate of about one every two weeks).  As I noted in my last post, I found  many “old friends” on Joel’s list but was surprised at some of the titles he’s included, so I’ve broken his list down to two parts here – those I have read and those that are now on my own “wish list” complete with some “rankings” for comparison purposes.

Books in my personal library:

Frederick P. Brooks
Amazon Goodreads Average: 4.07 My Rating: 3 stars
Reviews on Goodreads
Classic concepts from the book include:
9 women can’t make a baby in a month.
Adding programmers to a stressed project almost always yields negative returns.

Competing on Internet Time

The Inmates are Running the Asylum –

The Design of Everyday Thing –

Breaking Windows –

In Search of Stupdity –

Startup –

Peopleware – Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister

The Macintosh Way – Guy Kawasaki

The Secrets of Consulting – Gerald Weinberg

Rules for Revolutionaries – Guy Kawasaki

Positioning – Al Ries and Jack Trout

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries & Jack Trout

The Goal – Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Critical Chain – Eliyahu M. Goldratt


The Art of the Start –

The Business of Software

Making the Technical Sale –

Selling Air –

Crossing the Chasm – Geoffry Moore

Four Days With Dr. Deming

The Tipping Point -Malcom Gladwell

High Stakes No Prisoners

The E Myth Revisited

The One Minute Manager – Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

Getting to Yes –

Influence The Psychology of Persuasion –

The Portable MBA –

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Books I haven’t yet read:

Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug

Growing A Business – Paul Hawken

Dec is Dead, Long Live Dec

Applied Cryptology

Philip and Alex’s Guide to Web Publishing

Testing Computer Software

Design for Community


The Non-Designers’ Design Book

The Pragmatic Programmer

Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations

Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering

The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison

Just for Fun

On a Roll

The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest

Random Excess

Show Stopper!

The Leap

Digital Hustlers

Microsoft Rebooted

Speeding the Net


The New New Things

Burn Rate – Michael Wolf

Accidental Empires

Revolution in the Valley

The Anatomy of Buzz

Death March

The Manager Pool

Ben & Jerry’s: The Inside Scoop

Microserfs – Douglas Coupland

A Random Walk Down Wall Street

21 Dog Years

In$ide Intuit

Direct From Dell


The PayPal Wars

The Search

The Fall of Advertising and the Rise of PR

Essentials of Accounting


Little Red Book of Selling

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