I recently polled the office on what they considered to be “must read” reading material for people in the technology field. There were no restrictions. It could be humorous or completely educational. It could be an article or a physical book. It didn’t have to be published in 2018. It only had to be relevant to technologists today. These were some of the top picks from the conversation that followed.

Composable Employee “Must Read” Selections
Kindness and Code

Laura’s Pick | “Software engineering is fundamentally a human discipline.” Kindness is key, even in software. This article reviews the importance of being nice to your coworkers and giving constructive criticism.

A Taxonomy of Yak Shaving

Laura’s (2nd) Pick | “Yak Shaving is doing seemingly-unrelated tasks to get some real task done.” You need to make dinner, but you have to search in your email to find the recipe from your mother, but there’s an email that needs to be answered urgently regarding a meeting you need to schedule, so you go to schedule the meeting, but you have to cancel anther meeting….you get the idea. The job gets done eventually, but there’s a lot that goes into it.

A Letter to Jamie Dimon

Bryan and Abby’s Pick | If you want to learn more about cryptocurrencies, this is the article for you.

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

Jesse’s Pick | Elon Musk and brain-machines. Does this really need more explanation?

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

Brooke’s Pick | Robert Bogue briefly covered the Elephant-Rider-Path model during his May 2018 presentation at Louisville SharePoint Users Group and the degree to which emotions can affect decisions and how people respond to change was very enlightening. It’s a seemingly simple topic, but this framing provides deeper understanding.

What would you consider “must read” material for someone in the technology field? Email your picks to Brooke at bhahnert@composablesystems.com and we’ll add them to this list!


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