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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.

David Barroso Creator of NAPALM, Nornir, and a million other brilliant projects.

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.

Kirk Byers Python expert with a focus on network automation, training, and mentorship.

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

Nic Bhasin Free technical deep-dives on Youtube by a real technologist.

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

Links not provided as I do not endorse specific booksellers.

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 Unicorn Project by Gene Kim.
A Novel about Developers, Digital Disruption, and Thriving in the Age of Data.

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, 2nd edition by James Womack and Daniel Jones.
Lean concepts applied to many industries with a variety of examples.

Gemba Walks, 2nd 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.

The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
The sequel to "Extreme Ownership", this book explores balancing leadership traits.

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 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 Obsessions 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.

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
The eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL team 10.

Business and Money

Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze.
Financial management tips for parents to help their chilren understand how money works.

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

Sell with a Story by Paul Smith.
How to capture attention, build trust, and close the sale by storytelling.

The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.
A detailed analysis of how new technologies cause great firms to fail.

The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker.
Drucker's writing over sixty years of thought leadership in business management.

Traction by Gino Wichman
Get a grip on your business by focusing on what matters.

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.

Rich Dad's Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki.
Differentiate between employees, specialists, business owners, and investors.

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.

Resonate by Nancy Duarte.
Present visual stories that transform audiences for better presentations.

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

Million Dollar Consulting, 5th edition by Alan Weiss.
Expert advice on building a successful consulting firm.

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

The Millionare Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko.
Subtitle says it all: "The surprising secrets of America's Wealthy".

Critical Business Skills for Success by many authors.
"Great Courses" lectures 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" lectures on how markets work: bonds, stocks, banks, the Fed, and more.

Economics, 3rd Edition by Timothy Taylor.
"Great Courses" lectures on macroeconomics that study the economy from the top down.

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

Biographies

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert (Bob) Iger.
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company.

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance.
Subtitled "Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future", a fitting title for Musk's life.

I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart.
Life Lessons from a legendary comedian and entertainer.

The Snowball by Alice Schroeder.
Subtitled "Warren Buffet and the Business of Life", a viewport into Buffet's thought process.

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.
A memoir by the founder of Nike and the early days of the company.

The Everything Store by Brad Stone.
A history of Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon.

Einstein by Walter Isaacson.
Biography about one of the greatest thinkers of all time.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
A window into the mind of another brilliant entrepreneur.

Life and Cognition

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
Story about family, loss, and the struggle for a better future.

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Unique perspective on challenges, risk, uncertainty, and life in general.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
Follow a man through his struggles with late stage cancer.

Don't Bite the Hook by Pema Chödrön.
Finding freedom from anger, resentment, and other destructive emotions.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Relive the struggles of a young African American girl living in a world of violence.

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

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins.
A book about gaining mental toughness to improve your resilience to life's challenges.

Relentless by Tim Grover.
Another controversial book on mental toughness by an athletic trainer.

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

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.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Jason Satterfield.
Modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change.

Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter Vishton.
"Great Courses" lectures providing empirical evidence on effecting parenting methods.

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

History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach by Gregory Aldrete.
"Great Courses" lectures providing detailed analyses on spectacular defeats.

Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell.
Nonfictional chronicle detailing Napolean's last stand at Waterloo.

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

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
Explore the depths of public shaming on social media and how we enable it.

Humanity

Please consider making a donation!

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.

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