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Books Joel should read

Ok, the whole recommend one book to read has been done - but most of these were already on Joel's recommended book list.

How about we all try and contribute one book reading suggestion for Joel which he hasn't already read (a bit of a stab in the dark I know).

I'd like to start with 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins.

Why? Well, although not specificially about Software Development, it's based on a massive study of what makes a company go from being good to great over about a thirty period. Considering Joel seems to be on a mission to making FogCreek software great, I figured it might be an interesting read for him (especially the chapter about getting the right people on the bus before anything else)

Ian Renfree
Friday, August 23, 2002

I would reccommend "The Goal" by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Friday, August 23, 2002

I'm currently reading, "Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life", by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (a Wall Street trader and mathematics professor):

I'm enjoying the book very much.  I haven't read, "Good to Great", but I suspect that "Fooled by Randomness" is, in some ways, the other side of the coin.  Taleb argues that much of what passes as consummate skill is actually the product of dumb luck.

Alex Chernavsky
Friday, August 23, 2002

My favorite book is "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes.

This book is very gripping.  It helps answers questions such as "Why did they drop the second bomb on Nagasaki?", related to  "Why didn't Japan surrender after the first bomb?"  It is packed with information about the physics, personalities, politics, and strategy of war, especially World War II. 

A. Coward
Friday, August 23, 2002

You're welcome to buy me gifts if you want me to read something so badly :)

Joel Spolsky
Friday, August 23, 2002

Joel, let me know what title you're looking for and we'll get you that

all star joel's fan
Friday, August 23, 2002

hmmm....what books should someone else read. That could get weird. Too bad we can't just populate Joel's wish list directly...that could be fun.  Wishlist Spam. suggestion: "Small pieces losely joined" should be required reading even if it is a bit self-indulgent.

Dan Sickles
Friday, August 23, 2002

>Joel, let me know what title you're looking for and we'll get you that

I thought he just did, by presenting "The Joel Wishlist", see his link above :-)

Friday, August 23, 2002

Anyone know why Joel took down "High Stakes, No Prisoners" ? 

I thought that book helped protect programmers and engineers against the suits?  Like how to prevent another Pixar situation when someone like Steve Jobs comes alongs, takes credit for the hard work of others, and makes millions off of taking the company public with the engineers getting nothing.

Sunday, August 25, 2002

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