Author Archives: Max

November 17

What you could learn from ‘How Google Tests Software’ by James Whittaker (2012, 235 pages)

Google is one of the companies that are building and maintaining software at scale.  While many of Google’s applications are not life-critical, the world certainly notices any disruption.  These disruptions are surprisingly rare, given the number of products, the quantity of code and the sheer number of developers.

October 27

What you could learn from ‘Lincon on Leadership’ by Donald Phillips (1992, 173 pages)

In his book ‘Lincon on Leadership’ Donald Phillips uses examples from President Abraham Lincoln’s life to explore the type of leaders Lincon was, and what lessons are there to learn.  The book is split across four chapters: People, Character, Endeavour and Communication. The main lesson articulated in the book are: Get out of the office.  Lincoln […]

October 05

What could you learn from ‘The mom test’ by Rob Fitzpatrick (2013, 133 pages)

How do you get detailed, insightful and unbiased feedback?  In his book ‘The mom test’, Rob sets out three rules that will you get user testing right. The Mom Test Talk about their life instead of your idea Ask about specifics in the past instead of generics or opinions about the future Talk less and listen more   The […]

September 22

What you could learn from ‘the War of Art’ by Steve Pressfield (2002, 165 pages)

The War of Art is a great, quick read.  Read this book if you need a quick burst of inspiration, or if you are struggling to make progress.

September 15

What you could learn from ‘Product Leadership’ (2017, 209 pages)

How do companies produce products and services customer want?  The book ‘Product Leadership’ suggests that the key is to build empowered and autonomous teams, lead by product leaders.

September 04

What you could learn from ‘Retail Banking Technology’ by Suresh Samudrala (2015, pages 2017)

Technology accounts for an average 25% of banks costs (Gartner IT budget 2017).   Legacy banking systems are horrendously complex.  Built up over decades, with multiple systems added, integrated and removed, CTOs have found it hard to justify the cost of modernizing core banking systems. In ‘Retail Banking Technology’ Suresh outlines and discusses the main […]