Reading List

I am always on quest to continue learning. This is a collection of books that I have found helpful or insightful. I will continue to add titles as they come to me, so check back occasionally to see what’s new.

PowerShell

Book Description


Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches

A good tutorial for getting started with PowerShell.



Learn PowerShell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches

The sequel to “Learn PowerShell…”, this book teaches you how to create reusable tools in PowerShell including creating your own modules.



PowerShell Deep Dives

This is a compilation articles from a Who’s Who of the PowerShell literati. Lots of good, deep examples. Not all of the examples may apply to your specific needs but there is still a lot to learn from these.



Windows PowerShell Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Scripting Microsoft’s Command Shell

A well organize collection of common tasks that most scripters may encounter. Mr. Holmes defines the problem being solved, presents a solution in PowerShell, and discusses the reasoning behind his designs.



Windows PowerShell in Action

This is a great reference for PowerShell, written by one of the principal designers the language.



PowerShell in Depth

This is a companion to the previous book. Another good cookbook-like collection.

DevOps

Book Description


The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Still confused about what DevOps is all about? This book explains DevOps in non-technical terms in the form of a story. This book reads like a novel rather than a dry business book.

Available on Audible – Try it and Get Two Free Audiobooks



The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

This is the follow up “The Phoenix Project”. I have not read this yet but it is on my TO DO list. Here is a description from the jacket:

“Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.”

Career & Personal Development

Book Description


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

This is a must read for anyone leading a team. And I would recommend it for anyone that has to work on a team. This helps you understand how to build effective teams that get things done. Great lessons on how to build trust and that it is OK to disagree. This is another great business book that reads like a novel rather than a dry B-school textbook.

Available on Audible – Try it and Get Two Free Audiobooks



StrengthsFinder 2.0

Forget Myers-Briggs, this is the personality inventory you want to take. Don’t buy a used version. The book comes with an access key to take the StrengthsFinder evaluation on Gallup’s website.



The Brand You 50 : Or : Fifty Ways to Transform Yourself from an ‘Employee’ into a Brand That Shouts Distinction, Commitment, and Passion!

The only promotion is self-promotion. This classic from Tom Peters helps you build your personal brand. Your personal brand is what people think about when they think of you. Time to take control of that image.

Writing

Book Description


Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean

There are a lot of style guides and writing manuals. This is the first one I have found the really teaches you how to write.



Handbook of Technical Writing

A modern, comprehensive reference and style guide for technical writing.

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Mike F Robbins

Scripting | Automation | Efficiency

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