Once again, I have been thrilled to enlarge my horizons and discover new perspectives through books. I wanted to share my 5 favourite books of 2017.
Speaking of India
For the first time in my career, I am working with a fantastic development team based in India. Before that, I knew very little about India; their culture, their views of the world was totally foreign to me. This book can help bridge the gap with the west in the context of work, it gave me all the necessary insights to enable a better collaboration with the team. See the book on Good Read.
Debt: the first 5000 years
This book came on my radar after being referenced in the extremely well written “Digital gold”. It made me reflect on our civilisation and how we put a price on “things” in order to transact. I also discovered how civilisation invented money and why cryptocurrencies are relevant in our society. It was a real lesson of history and a profound reflection on money as we know it. See the book on Good Read.
Build better products
Rosenfeld Media collection has one key attribute; they publish high-quality books for UX professionals. “Build better product” refreshed my perspective about being a UX Designer working on a product rather than in a consultancy. The author, Laura Klein, has a fun and engaging way to design digital solutions, her wealth of experience in Silicon Valley is just invaluable. She is also the co-host of a podcast “What’s wrong with UX” that I highly recommend. See the book on Good Read.
User story mapping
This is no surprise that I mention “User story mapping”, it has been the catalyst for me to get trained by Jeff Patton in person. Jeff has great ways to explain how a discovery team works with a development team, he articulates a very useful perspective on our way to developing digital products. I often use his materials as a reference when I face challenges with processes and team dynamics at work. See the book on Good Read.
The art of war
To wrap up this post, I would like to highlight “The art of war”, it came across while I was reading materials about creating business strategies. I believe that the content delivers incredible insights, not only for business leaders, but also to anyone being involved in conflicts. Although the book is a compilation of old Chinese military strategies, it still has high relevance in today’s society. See the book on Good Read.
If you enjoyed my 2017 highlights of the bookshelf, you can find more books I read and loved on my Good Read digital bookshelf.