Trajectory: The Reading List

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One of the things I like the most about attending conferences is learning new things. I learn from the speakers, attendees, and sponsors.  After the conference, I don’t want the learning to stop so I always look for book recommendations at events.

I’m an avid reader. My “want to read” list on Goodreads currently is at 116 books. And last weekend I quietly celebrated a milestone–almost 5 years after joining Goodreads I marked my 200th book as read.

Trajectory did not disappoint in this area. Numerous books, articles, and podcasts were mentioned. Some of them relate directly to DevOps, such as The DevOps Handbook, and Project to Product. Others are more generally about organizational transformation, such as Turn The Ship Around. Many of our speakers cited the breakout DevOps book of last year, Accelerate. Whatever you decide to read, or listen to, we hope that this list and the Trajectory videos, when they are available, will give you new resources for thinking about how you create, test, and launch your products.

Recommended books

A Seat at the Table by Mark Schwartz

Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren, PhD, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim

Ahead in the Cloud by Stephen Orban

Chaos Engineering by Casey Rosenthal, Lorin Hochstein, Aaron Blohowiak, Nora Jones

The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, and John Willis

Drift into Failure by Sydney Dekker

Hypothesis-Driven Development by Barry O’Reilly (coming soon)

Lean Customer Development by Cindy Alvarez

Lean Enterprise by Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, and Barry O’Reilly

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord

Project to Product by Mik Kersten

Release It! by Michael Nygard

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinersten

Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet

Unlearn by Barry O’Reilly

War and Peace and IT by Mark Schwartz

Articles and podcasts

And if books aren’t your thing here are the articles and podcasts recommended

The Network is Reliable by Peter Bailis and Kyle Kingsbury

Test && Commit || Revert by Ken Beck

Test in Production with Charity Majors

Testing in Production: Yes, you can (and should) by Charity Majors

Towards Progressive Delivery by James Governor

Dawn Parzych
Dawn is a Developer Advocate at LaunchDarkly where she uses her storytelling prowess to write and speak about the intersection of technology and psychology. She enjoys helping people be more successful at work and in life.