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★★☆☆☆ What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by B. Horoviz
Jul 15, 2023
I can’t recall another time when reading a book made me uncomfortable. The book is supposed to teach you how to set up
a strong culture in your company but to do so it uses examples from: a controversial military leader, a feudal system
well known for its rigid hierarchies, a perpetrator of multiple genocides and last but not least, a prison gang leader.
I kinda see the idea behind the book, but the execution is terrible, peaking with the cringey quotes from rap songs at
the beginning of each chapter. The book contains great stories and good insights but you have to dig, not sure it was
worth it. Read book notes.
★★★★★ Atlas of AI by K. Crawford
Jul 10, 2023
This book is a masterpiece: the metaphor of the atlas, the many thorough notes, the data behind each chapter is just amazing. The author also shows fine technical skills that let her jump from politics to hardware and algorithms flawlessly as the narrative requires. This book is an eye-opener for those who think about modern AI as “software”, whereas the environmental and human costs are massive. Read book notes.
★★☆☆☆ Staff Engineer by W. Larson
Jul 3, 2023
I am a bit disappointed with this book, because compared to other titles, this is solely dedicated to the role
of Staff Engineer and I was hoping it could go in depth and give more actionable suggestions. Turns out the
only practical advices you can get out of it are in the first pages - it could’ve been a blog post. I wouldn’t
recommend it. Read book notes.
★★★★☆ User Story Mapping by J. Patton
Nov 22, 2022
This is the first product-management hands-on book I read, and for somebody starting
from zero, I think it does a good job at setting the reader on the right path towards
answering the question “How do you build a product that delights users?”. For me it’s
a reference book - I started experimenting some techniques described in the first
chapters with my team before finishing the book, and I keep going back to it as
I get more experience on USM. Probably not a great book for a casual reading about
product management, also because it tends to be repetitive. Read book notes.
★★★★☆ If It's Smart, It's Vulnerable by M. Hypponen
Nov 4, 2022
This is a must read for your non-tech savvy audience: parents, kids, your friends
who think they know how to navigate the Internet. It’s not very technical and can be
easily understood with a minimum of familiarity with the modern devices that are
normally available in our houses. Read book notes.