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Recommendations in response to query: "What is the one book that you read in the last few years that's made the biggest difference for you professionally?".  There were 9 respondents.

Title

Author

Comments

Getting Things Done

David Allen

Well, this one is tangentially related to architecture or technology, generally, but I found David Allen's "Getting Things Done" to be really helpful in trying to get my arms around the hairball that is my work life.  I'm not going to say that I'm great at staying organized and keeping on top of everything that comes my way, but Allen's approach has certainly improved my situation.
Number of recommendations: 2

Enterprise Architecture as Strategy

Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, and David Robertson

Number of recommendations: 5

Real Business of IT

Richard Hunter and George Westerman

 

The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

Dan Roam

 

The Goal

Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox

Especially liked the idea of identifying and resolving bottleneck in a continuous basis, which can ensure us continuously delivery success.

AntiPatterns: The Survival Guide

John Vlissides, Kyle Brown, Gerard Meszaros

You can read a lot of the material directly on the site, though there is a
print version as well.

Getting Real

37 Signals

 

Leading Change

Kotter

 

Switch

Heath

 

Clutch

Paul Sullivan

 

Fierce Conversations

Susan Scott

 

Enterprise Architecture at Work: Modelling, Communication and Analysis

Marc Lankhorst et al.

First came across this when starting to look at ArchiMate. Broadly, the book provides a broad view of governance instruments; Architecture methods; Architecture Languages; Communications; Modelling, and; Analysis.  The main bend of the book is towards use of ArchiMate, but is just as useful in helping think through doing constructive work. 

This is a 2nd Ed printing now, which has been updated somewhat.  If you have a Books24x7 subscription through your campus, you can probably find it on there.  Google Books, in Canada at least, has it here:

1 Comment

  1. Can we add a place to share other books worth reading but that don't meet the 'That one book...' criteria used here?