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Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and author, and has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years.
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The Quantum Magician
Derek Kunsken - Oct 02, 2018
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Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'...
Gene Kim
Feb 26, 2021
One of most fun sci-if books I've read in years: Quantum Magician, by @DerekKunsken! Kudos! An exhilarating cross of Ocean's Eleven, grand quantum mechanic tales like Quarantine, Distress by @gregeganSF, & huge scale genetic engineering by Frank Herbert      source
Sidewinder
Creative Missile Development at China Lake
Ron Westrum - Sep 01, 1999
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The story of how that unorthodox group of scientists overcame Navy bureaucracy and more heavily funded projects to develop the world's best air-to-air missile....
Gene Kim
Feb 21, 2021
Okay, I'm resuming note taking on Dr. Ron Westrum's fantastic book "Sidewinder: Creative Missile Development at China Lake", where he studied what factors led sustained greatness and innovation, outperforming almost every other air to air missile program at the time.      source
The Jaws Log
Expanded Edition (Shooting Script)
Carl Gottlieb - Aug 07, 2012 (first published in 1975)
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Winner of three Oscars and the highest-grossing film of its time, Jaws was a phenomenon, and this is the only book on how twenty-six-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley's number-one bestselling novel into the classic film it became.Hired by Spielberg as a screenwriter to work with him on the set while the movie was being made, Carl...
Gene Kim
Jan 28, 2021
Holy cow. I’m so much enjoying reading “The Jaws Log: 30th Anniversary Edition (Shooting Script)” A chronicle of the movie Jaws, from its original book, to acquisition, casting, filming. It’s amazing to read about how films are systemically created!      source
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Elements of Clojure
Zachary Tellman - Sep 27, 2019
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This book tries to put words to what most experienced programmers already know. It provides a framework for making better design choices, and a vocabulary for teams to discuss the software they collaborate on....
Gene Kim
Nov 21, 2020
@lhochstein @ztellman Agreed! It is an amazing book! Kudos @ztellman!      source
Alice and Bob Learn Application Security
Tanya Janca - Oct 23, 2020
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Learn application security from the very start, with this comprehensive and approachable guide!Alice and Bob Learn Application Security is an accessible and thorough resource for anyone seeking to incorporate, from the beginning of the System Development Life Cycle, best security practices in software development. This book covers all the basic sub...
Gene Kim
Nov 10, 2020
@DivineOps @shehackspurple I learned a ton in this book!!!      source
Beyond Inclusion
Worklife Interconnectedness, Energy, and Resilience in Organizations
J. Goosby Smith - Aug 07, 2014
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Beyond Inclusion adopts a holistic and systems view of the organization, presents a behavioral model of organizational inclusion based upon research with thousands of employees, and discusses elements of organizational design that need to be adjusted to create, nurture, and sustain an inclusive culture....
Gene Kim
Sep 18, 2020
@nicolefv I loved her book when I read it 3 yrs ago, but I thought it was about diversity. I re-read the book two wks ago, and I marveled at it. It’s actually a SUPERB book about how individuals help teams achieve greatness when they feel included. Beautiful.      source
Transforming NOKIA
The Power of Paranoid Optimism to Lead Through Colossal Change
Risto Siilasmaa - Oct 11, 2018
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The great Nokia turnaround--universal business lessons for leaders in any industry ...
Gene Kim
Aug 21, 2019
I've been recommending this amazing book by @rsiilasmaa to all lately: "Transforming NOKIA," about inside story of being Nokia board director since 2008. My 1st reaction: "Eh? 93% reduction of $90B market cap?" 4 reasons this is an important book! 1/n      source
Team of Teams
New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
Gen. Stanley McChrystal - May 12, 2015
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The retired four-star general and and bestselling author of My Share of the Task shares a powerful new leadership model As commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), General Stanley McChrystal played a crucial role in the War on Terror. But when he took the helm in 2004, America was losing that war badly: despite vastly inferior resource...
Gene Kim
Jun 25, 2019
I love this diagram from the amazing book "Team of Teams" by General Stanley McChrystal! RT @TechBeaconCom: RT @manupaisable: Great visualization of the problems relying on org charts by @j_elmqvist @DOES_EUR #DOES19      source
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