Must-Read Books for Christmas

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With Christmas time fast approaching we thought it might be a good idea to tell you which books we think are worth reading. Everybody loves good recommendations. So if you don’t know yet what to wish for under the Christmas tree this blog post just might give you some ideas.

Mo recommends "The Innovator's Dilemma" by Clayton M. Christensen

Mo recommends: “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen

The book helps to understand how to build a sustainable long-living technology company that solves the needs of your current as well as your future customers. More important than ever in today’s fast-living startup culture where too many entrepreneurs focus on short-term return and early exits.

You can get the book here: The Innovator’s Dliemma

Flo recommends "The Visible Ops Handbook" by Keven Behr, Gene Kim and George Spafford

Flo recommends: “The Visible Ops Handbook” and “Visible Ops Security” by Kevin Behr, Gene Kim, Paul Love and George Spafford

Visible Ops and Visible Ops Security are a great introduction on how to get your IT team to perform like the greatest out there. Short, concise and easily applicable to your team. Helped me a lot to see the processes in our team and learn to love process and workflow even more.

Get the books here: The Visible Ops Handbook / Visible Ops Security

Manuel recommends "Data-Driven Marketing" by Mark Jeffery

Manuel recommends: “Data-Driven Marketing” by Mark Jeffery

Gathering data to optimize marketing efforts is essential. This book explains how to apply the principles of Data-Driven Marketing in small and large organizations. The book covers fifteen key metrics and is easily understandable thanks to in-depth examples.

You can get the book here: Data-Driven Marketing

Clemens recommends "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries

Clemens recommends: “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries

As developer in a start-up it’s crucial to me to understand the business and product development needs as well. This book changes the way you think about business, efficiency and growth and provides you a toolkit to launch and tune your business.

Get the book here: The Lean Startup

Alex recommends "The Phoenix Project" by Kevin Behr, Gene Kim and George Spafford

Alex recommends: “The Phoenix Project” by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford

In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story about IT processes, management of constraints and help the business win. The perfect read for christmas eve.

Get the book here: The Phoenix Project

Ben recommends "SQL Performance Explained" by Markus Winand

Ben recommends: “SQL Performance Explained” by Markus Winand

Usually developers don’t care that much about database performance. If you start a new project, database performance is almost never an issue because of the small data size and database performance is almost never the bottleneck. Most of the time you don’t care if the query takes 200ms or 2ms, it’s fast enough. While working on a bigger dataset this book saved me several nights.

Get the book here: SQL Performance Explained

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Which books are you currently reading? We would love to hear about your must-read books. Every suggestion is welcome! Please let us know in the comments. Have a great Christmas everyone.

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