A collection of books that frequently get recommended at our Dev CoP events

Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual – John Sonmez

“As the cliché goes, John Sonmez’s book Soft Skills should be required reading for everyone pursuing a career in software.

Why is this you may ask? With so many books about software, why this one? As the title suggests, this book deals with every aspect of life around the code.

From career advice, self-marketing, learning, productivity, finance, fitness and spirit this book provides a metric tonne of battle tested strategies and techniques that are guaranteed to help your career.

So if you’ve every felt unsatisfied or overwhelmed by your career and the choices you must make, do yourself a favour and pick up a copy!”

– Victor Samson


The Phoenix Project – Gene Kim, George Spafford, and Kevin Behr

“The Phoenix Project is a game-changer for anyone working in IT. It’s an exciting story about IT, and how DevOps can save you from all of the traditional frustrations of IT in the Enterprise.
From concepts such as Visual Organisation, Kanban, The Three Ways and Constraint Theory, TPP is a must-read for anyone in IT, from Developers, to Operations, from the coal-face, right up to the C-Level execs.”
– Simon Mackinnon

Code Like a Girl: Rad Tech Projects and Practical Tips – Miriam Peskowitz

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship – Robert C. Martin

Have you read these? Comment below if you have, or if you’ve other recommendations!

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