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Technology Blogs

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Cristian Sirbu This guy is always doing interesting work. Like, always.

Daniel Dib Longtime personal friend and incredible network designer.

Denise "Fish" Fishburne She really knows a lot about a lot. Seriously.

Dmitry Figol Highly skilled networker, Pythonista, and night owl.

Eyvonne Sharp Down to Earth discussion about technology and life.

Ivan Pepelnjak Well-known author, blogger, and maker of awesome webinars.

Jason Edelman Interested in automation? Stop and read this. Now.

Juan Garcia Technical blogger on a wide range of network designs.

Katie McNamara Security expert (among other things) specializing in NAC.

Kim Pedersen Another old friend and top-notch engineer in the ISP space.

Lindsay Hill Great advice on the changing landscape of networking and business.

Malcolm Booden Technology and design from a guy who has been there.

Russ White A mentor to me in more ways than one.

Tom Hollingsworth Witty and thoughtful updates on all things networking.

Troy Tarazon US Army change agent removing waste through DevOps.

Reading List

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Technology

The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford.
Based on "The Goal", a novel about an IT organization's DevOps transformation.

The Devops Handbook by Gene Kim, Patrick Debois, John Willis, and Jez Humble.
Definitive guide on all things DevOps with many real-life examples.

Testing in DevOps by Katrina Clokie.
Primary focused on the cultural and human aspects of a DevOps transformation.

Python Programming Illustrated for Beginners & Intermediates by William Sullivan.
Great way to keep "Python on the mind" while unable to actually code.

Lean Management

The Machine that Changed the World by James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos.
Lean concepts in all areas of the global automotive business.

Lean Thinking, second edition by James Womack and Daniel Jones.
Lean concepts applied to many industries with a variety of examples.

Gemba Walks, second edition by James Womack.
Collection of essays on Lean production, management, supply chain, and more.

Toyota Kata by Mike Rother.
A detailed look at the "Improvement Kata" and "Coaching Kata" within Toyota.

Theory of Constraints (TOC)

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox.
Novel about a failing manufacturing plant that improves with the TOC.

Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu Goldratt.
Recording of a seminar in which Goldratt discusses TOC.

Isn't It Obvious by Eliyahu Goldratt.
TOC applied to retail operations (store, region, and company).

It's Not Luck by Eliyahu Goldratt.
TOC applied to marketing, distribution, and corporate management.

Critical Chain by Eliyahu Goldratt.
TOC applied to project management.

Leadership

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
Former Navy SEALs discuss their military experiences with application to business.

Team of Teams by Stanley McChrystal.
Former Army General discusses forming large-scale teams to solve complex problems.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell.
Concise and real-life examples of extraordinary leaders and their characteristics.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.
Leadership fable of how to build effective teams.

The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni.
Leadership fable of how CEOs often fail to lead their companies.

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni.
Discuss of organizational health and its impact on business.

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni.
Leadership fable of how to tear down barriers between teams.

The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni.
Discussion of the three core values and their business relevance.

Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni.
Discussion of the three fears that great consultants must overcome.

The 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni.
Applying business tools to create a better family life.

The Four Obessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni.
Focus on the leadership role in building a healthy organization.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni.
Discussion of the three elements that make work miserable, and how to improve.

Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni.
Techniques for improving the focus and effectiveness of meetings.

Business and Money

Predictable Revenue by Aaron Ross and Marylou Tyler.
Next-generation sales techniques for long-term business success.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.
How to continually test hypotheses, learn, pivot, persevere, and win.

A Seat at the Table by Mark Schwartz.
Defining what future CIOs need to stay relevant and bring business value.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
An alternative view on how to view assets, liabilities, and more.

The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason.
A (mostly) fictional but powerful story on building wealth in ancient Babylon.

Making Work Visible by Dominica Degrandis.
Application of Kanban to time management to preserve the flow of work.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss.
High-stakes negotiation skills from a former FBI negotiator.

Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss.
Expert advice on building a successful consulting firm.

The Millionare Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko.
Subtitle says it all: "The surprising secret sof American's Wealthy".

Value-Based Fees by Alan Weiss.
Contrarian advice on how to charge equitable fees, not hourly ones.

Critical Business Skills for Success by many authors.
"Great Courses" discussion of key business management areas (30+ hours).

  1. Strategy: Michael Roberto
  2. Operations: Thomas Goldsby
  3. Finance and Accounting: Eric Sussman
  4. Organizational Behavior: Clinton Longenecker
  5. Marketing: Ryan Hamilton

Financial Literacy: Find Your Way in the Financial Markets by Connel Fullenkamp.
"Great Courses" discussion on how markets work: bonds, stocks, banks, the Fed, and more.

The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner.
Comprehensive advice on building passive income through real estate investments.

Life and Cognition

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson.
Detailed psychological analysis of human behavior with interesting advice.

Kick Ass by Mel Robbins.
Open discussion around adult problems with real people (only on Amazon Audible).

Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual by John Sonmez.
Collection of non-technical life advice for geeks of all stripes.

Tricks About Home Repair by Warren Green.
Short book with clear instructions on how to fix things at home.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
Author's life story about growing up in South Africa.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
Leadership advice on inspiring others to believe in your vision.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
Principle-driven leadership and communications advice for all people.

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle by Robert Bartlett.
"Great Courses" discussion of the aforementioned philosophers and their teachings.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Advice on how to adjust speech, mannerisms, and actions for the better.

Humanity

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation Research organization for preventing and curing breast cancer.

Newborns In Need Charity organization for impoverished newborn US children.

Wounded Warrior Project Charity organization for wounded US military personnel.