I plan to read all 75 books on Joel Spolsky’s Fog Creek MBA program reading list. However, between my 15 units (plus another 12 I’m taking from other places), plus my writing gigs, I’m not quite sure how long it’s going to take me. Enter Plan B — book summaries. I will be posting links here as I find them (and relevant articles too).
Posting 1-10 for now… I gotta study for my automata theory exam!
1. The Mythical Man-Month
2. Don’t Make Me Think
3. Growing a Business
4. Dec is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of the Digital Equipment Corporation
For now, a review and insights
5. Applied Cryptography (review)
For now, a summary of the field of cryptography
6. Philip and Alex’s Guide to Web Publishing (entire book)
7. Testing Computer Software
8. Design for Community
9. Subversion (entire book)
You may be interested in git vs. subversion and an infographic/cheat sheet.
10. The Non-designer’s Design Book (review + quick summary)
11. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
12. Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations (review + quick summary)
13. Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
14. Hackers and Painters
15. Competing on Internet Time
16. The Inmates are Running the Asylum
17. The Design of Everyday Things
18. The Difference between God and Larry Ellison
19. Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft (thoughtful review)
On a completely different point of view…more lessons we can learn from Bill Gates.
20. Just For fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary
21. On a Roll: Or How a Kid from the Bronx Started with Hot Dogs and Wound Up Making a Fortune
Book reviews from Business Week, New York Observer
Great article from Jewish Journal
21. The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest
Book review (I’m going to really read this book!)
22. Random Excess: The Wild Ride of Michael Cowpland and Corel
24. The Leap
Article from the New York Times
25. The Hustlers: Living Large and Falling Hard in Silicon Alley
This will actually be interesting to read now, due to the tech boom in New York City [infographic].
26. In Search of Stupidity: Over Twenty Years of High Tech Marketing Disasters
A video on the author and the mistakes start-ups make
Excerpt from a Stanford course site (has more resources on the general topic as well)
You might be interested in a summary of Founders at Work. A better one here.
28. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams
29. The Macintosh Way
Twelve lessons author Guy Kawasaki learned from Steve Jobs
Get the entire book for free
30. Microsoft Rebooted
Review + Review