I read all day long. However, it is usually blogs or technical documents. I rarely get time to flip through a book or download a digital copy of a good read. Here are some of my favorites.

Corporate Canaries

This is a quick book with a lot of bang for the buck. Just like the coal miners took canaries with them to work as alerts for poisonous gasses, the author of the book explains how to find the canaries in your own business which can provide you with advanced warning of downturns or serious performance issues.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset is a powerful look into the human mind. As a web developer, we tend to be very fixed minded when it comes to our beliefs. It’s often hard to take criticism – even when it’s constructive. However, you can learn to be growth minded and constantly put yourself in a position of learning and taking control of your life. This is a must read for anyone looking to really make significant changes in all aspects of their life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits is a mainstay for those looking for guidance on how to really engage with their business associates. We all make a difference every single day – either positive, or negative. This is not a quick how-to-get-ahead book. The principles in this book are deep and require a complete paradigm shift in many cases. Learn how to be more productive and influential and turn yourself into a positive thinker even when times are tough.

Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide: All-in-one Guide for Professional Scrum Master (PSM 1) Certificate Assessment Preparation (digital edition)

Scrum has been around a while. It’s a business philosophy adopted by the agile communities which involves planning and incremental development and releases to provide business stakeholders with a constant stream of value which can minimize expenses, maximize productivity, and lead to higher revenue. As I study to take my PSM exam, this book is proving to be a very valuable tool, whether or not I proceed with the exam.

The Professional Scrum Product Owner: Guide to Pass PSPO 1 Certification (digital edition)

For over two decades, I have helped clients around the world translate their needs into working software. It’s been an interesting journey and I am happy with my success. As a divergent thinker, I am able to quickly help businesses navigate their needs and wants and turn those items into workable stories. It’s time to get serious and formalize my experience so as I plan to take the PSPO in the near future, I have selected this title as my study guide.

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