Reading list

2024

  • Blood in the Machine: The Origins of the Rebellion Against Big Tech - Brian Merchant
  • Revolusi: Indonesië en het ontstaan van de moderne wereld - David Van Reybrouck
  • The Programmer’s Brain - Felienne Hermans
  • Groeipijn - Ray Klaassens
  • Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow - Dominica Degrandis
  • Free Your Inner Nonfiction Writer: Educate, Influence, and Entertain Your Readers - Johanna Rothman (reread, workshop)
  • A Burglar’s Guide to the City - Geoff Manaugh
  • The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann - Ananyo Bhattacharya
  • Mindfulness in 3D: Alexander Technique for the 21st Century - Peter Nobes
  • Vertrouw ons nou maar: Opkomst en ondergang van de stemcomputer - Herbert Blankesteijn
  • Wiring the Winning Organization: Liberating Our Collective Greatness Through Slowification, Simplification, and Amplification - Steven J. Spear and Gene Kim
  • Breaking Things at Work: The Luddites Are Right about Why You Hate Your Job - Gavin Mueller

2023

  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds - adrienne maree brown (did not finish, book club)
  • Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity and Meaningful Work and Play - James C. Scott
  • Gardeners Not Mechanics: How to cultivate change at work - Gary Lloyd (book club)
  • Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness - Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Data and Reality (2nd ed) - William Kent
  • Commitment: Novel about Managing Project Risk - Chris Matts, Olav Maassen, Chris Geary
  • How to Spot a Fascist - Umberto Eco
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America - Russell Shorto
  • Words of Power: A Guide for Ordinary People to Calm and De-Escalate Aggressive Individuals - Ellis Amdur
  • When the Tempest Gathers: From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War - Andrew Milburn
  • How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism - Cory Doctorow
  • The Squiggly Career: Ditch the Ladder, Embrace Opportunity and Carve Your Own Path Through the Squiggly World of Work - Sarah Ellis, Helen Tupper
  • Agile Software Development with Scrum - Mike Beedle, Ken Schwaber
  • Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA - Marc E. Polymeropoulos
  • Islands of Abandonment - Cal Flyn
  • Beyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis - Richard J. Bernstein
  • Modern Software Engineering: Doing What Works to Build Better Software Faster - David Farley
  • Sidewinder: Creative Missile Development At China Lake - Ron Westrum
  • What to Say When You Talk to Your Self - Shad Helmstetter
  • Exploring Requirements 1: Quality Before Design - Gerald M. Weinberg, Donald C. Gause
  • How to Break Software: A Practical Guide to Testing - James Whittaker
  • Writing Effective Use Cases - Alistair Cockburn

2022

  • Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility - Jonathan Smart with Zsolt Berend, Myles Ogilvie and Simon Rohre
  • The Pathless Path: Imagining a New Story For Work & Life - Paul Millerd
  • Sociocratie 3.0: De businessnovelle die het beste uit mens en organisatie haalt - Jef Cumps
  • The Utopia Of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy - David Graeber
  • The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe - Matthew Gabriele & David M Perry
  • The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) - Gretchen Rubin
  • Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction - Colin Ward
  • Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye - Brad Warner
  • Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows - Jason Fox
  • De zeven vinkjes: Hoe mannen zoals ik de baas spelen - Joris Luyendijk
  • Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed - James C. Scott
  • Free Your Inner Nonfiction Writer: Educate, Influence, and Entertain Your Readers - Johanna Rothman
  • Punk Rock Entrepeneur: Running a Business without Losing your Values - Caroline Moore
  • The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander - Pete Blaber
  • Agile Software Development Ecosystems - Jim Highsmith

2021

  • Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 3 - Johanna Rothman
  • Roundtable on Project Management: A Shape Forum Dialogue - James Bullock, Marie Benesh, Jerry Weinberg
  • Queen of the Desert, The extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell - Georgina Howell
  • Tegen verkiezingen - David van Reybrouck
  • Kitchen Confidential, Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly - Anthony Bourdain
  • Agile Conversations, Transform Your Conversations, Transform Your Culture - Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick
  • The Freedom the be Free - Hannah Arendt
  • My Share of the Task - Stanley McChrystal
  • Agile Impressions - Jerry Weinberg (reread)
  • Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach - Jerry Weinberg (reread, book club)
  • Researching Your Own Practice: The Discipline of Noticing - John Mason
  • Nobody Ever Gets Credit for Fixing Problems that Never Happened: Creating and Sustaining Process Improvement - Nelson P. Repenning, John D. Sterman (reread, book club)
  • Resilient Management - Lara Hogan (book club)
  • Agile Software Development - Alistair Cockburn
  • Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It) - Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (book club)
  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters - Priya Parker
  • The agile comms handbook: How to clearly, creatively work in the open - Giles Turnbull
  • How Design Makes the World - Scott Berkun

2020

  • Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less - Greg McKeown
  • Good strategy, Bad strategy: The difference and why it matters - Richard Rumelt
  • How to think like a Roman emperor: The Stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius - Donald Robertson
  • Leadership strategy and tactics: Field manual - Jocko Willink
  • No more feedback: Cultivate consciousness at work - Carol Sanford
  • Practical Ways to Manage Yourself: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 1 - Johanna Rothman
  • The ETTO Principle: Efficiency-Thoroughness Trade-Off, Why things that go right sometimes go wrong - Erik Hollnagel
  • Let my people go surfing: The education of a reluctant business man (including 10 more years of business unusual) - Yvon Chouinard
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan - Sean Parnell, John R. Bruning
  • Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl
  • Kom hier dat ik u kus - Griet Op de Beeck
  • Practical Ways to Lead and Serve (Manage) Others: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 2 - Johanna Rothman
  • The answer to how is yes: Acting on what matters - Peter Block
  • How to take smart notes: One simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking - Sönke Ahrens
  • Orbiting the giant hairball: A corporate fool’s guide to surviving with grace - Gordon MacKenzie
  • Software Estimation Without Guessing: Effective Planning in an Imperfect World - George Dinwiddie
  • And the weak suffer whay they must?: Europe’s crisis and America’s economic future - Yanis Varoufakis
  • Influencing Patterns for Change: A Human Systems Dynamics Primer for Leaders - Royce Holladay, Kristine Quade
  • Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present - Yanis Varoufakis
  • Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable about Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business - Patrick Lencioni
  • The Regenerative Business: Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes - Carol Sanford

2019

  • Host: Six new roles of engagement for teams, organizations, communities, movements - Mark McKergow & Helen Bailey
  • Thinking in systems - Donella H. Meadows
  • How to read Wittgenstein - Ray Monk
  • An elegant puzzle: Systems of engineering management - Will Larson
  • The captain class: A new theory of leadership - Sam Walker
  • Continuous delivery: Reliable software releases through build, test and deployment automation - Jez Humble, David Farley
  • Rise of the machines: The lost history of cybernetics - Thomas Rid
  • This is Lean: Resolving the efficiency paradox - Niklas Modig & Pär Åhlström
  • Implementing Lean software development: from concept to cash - Mary and Tom Poppendieck
  • Extreme ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs lead and win - Jocko Willink, Leif Babin (reread)
  • About face: The odyssey of an American warrior - Col David H. Hackworth, Julie Sherman
  • 7 rules for positive, productive change: Micro shifts, macro results - Esther Derby