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Eastern Europe. Soviet Buildings. Boring People. Do you want me to proceed?

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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (2009) 4 stars

Review of 'The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Frankly speaking, it got somewhat dull by the end of it;
it may be something about the translation (Polish version) but I doubt it, it is slightly characteristic of the 'business-like' brochures like this one as the target audience is evident.
But enjoyed it a lot, especially the cases described in a very lively manner - got me into aeronautics & construction books, and couldn't resist :D

Continuous Discovery Habits (Paperback, 2021, Product Talk LLC) 4 stars

"If you haven't had the good fortune to be coached by a strong leader or …

Review of 'Continuous Discovery Habits' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I liked it quite a bit.
We have managed to built a trio but the technical components is missing - we do PM, Designer & Analyst and at times I underestimate the complexity of a solution.
Damn, I don't have to do the solutions! I don't have to care about timely deliveries!
The majority of Product Managers in Eastern Europe are agile project managers at best.
What an ugly environment to exist in. I need a drink.

Last but not least.
I am always puzzled by examples in books like this one - we have got a plenty of them literally presenting a problem to us on some live company.
I do have a problem with the solutions though - everything sounds cheesy and phantastique with a considerate amount of bravado one doesn't have to deal with.
Also, these companies probably never existed with names like that.
I definitely haven't …

Skunk works (1995, Warner) 5 stars

From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's …

Review of 'Skunk works' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

  • not a great as Kelly's, lots of commentaries of other folks listed in no oder, total chaos in chapter organization, sometimes you get lost but I presume he wrote it over a long span of time so it is okayish;
    also, some things are repeating over and over, over and over.
    It could be shorter but still a very interesting read on 'agile' in its engineering meaning, MVPs, testing and building workable prototypes.

    Great work!

    p.s. reading some of his notes on bureaucracy makes you boil, I have experienced very similar cases on my watch in private companies, some people just can't let others do their work.
    They will fuck up everything others' built just because they can't help it.
    Miserable maggots.
    Because of the conformists we don't have many things we deserve as a humanity.
Kelly (Paperback, 1989, Smithsonian) 5 stars

Review of 'Kelly' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

it is brilliant!
humble, to the point, a huge load of examples relevant to me as a PM with a sauce of real life cases you can check;
splendid stories, a bit of humor in there too.
I enjoyed this one a lot, especially the stories behind sr-71 and U-2, I couldn't imagine great airplanes were built this way, I am hooked forever and I am seriously considering a license.

The Next 100 Years 3 stars

"Conventional analysis suffers from a profound failure of imagination. It imagines passing clouds to be …

Review of 'The Next 100 Years' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I pretty much liked the first 180 pages but I couldn't finish it.
Yes, this book's first part based on our past and, more importantly, our present makes a compelling scheme of things.
While some of the predictions failed already as Russia wouldn't wait with its moves but who's able to predict it all?
The chaos of Isis, Russia as a gas station for EU and many other things are obvious even for a rookie like me.

But if you have the courage to read on George's views on our future - damn, I was lost before I even started.
Hidden lunar bases? Battle stars by 2050?
Seeing all the stuff happening, the prediction sounds like a web series - Altered Carbon meets Expanse with lots of political flavors we living with today.

I couldn't turn the page after I have read it will be cheaper for the Japanese to …

"The missing manual on how to apply Lean Startup to build products that customers love …

Review of 'The lean product playbook' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I really liked this one;
simple, lower than usual level of watery bs - all more or less practical and down to earth;
I wish I could force everyone on my team to read it, the best way to fix irrationalities I am seeing on a daily basis;

Helping People Change (Hardcover, 2019, Harvard Business Review Press) 1 star

Review of 'Helping People Change' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

garbage full of self-importance and some bs 'studies' as they call them based on newspaper articles and interviews;
the entire science is blunt and has next to no proof (none provided at the very least);

and again, it is full of pieces of weird information - collections of quotes by Frankl and some random sportsmen of the US.

none of it is actionable and even more - if you really try to use even half of it you will be the worst coach one had seen.

'books' these days are product demos of people who write them.
it is not about the condensed volume of knowledge, work of years of experience, pain and suffering to bring it all out there - it is a self-promo manifesto disguised as a book;
you can always post about it - what else could you do with a brochure like this?..

Bad quality writing, …

Lifespan (2019, Atria Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Lifespan' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

have to say, this book is a rollercoaster - at times extremely interesting, at times cheesy to appeal to the 'woke' audience it is being sold to.
some things are cool, some things are popular science the author has no idea about.

but his core things, the core question if the machine has indeed to die and why does it - I have to say I never even questioned it myself. Not even as a kid.
I mean, if we are capable of restoring things - regrowing skin, repairing organs to an extent - why are these functions blocked after we turn 50? why is the machine failing?

I started taking MNM, mind you.
And the parts about the global aging problem and our ways to go about it was of immense value.
I wanna live longer, damn I wanna stay long enough to see us colonise some other planet …

Review of 'Large-Scale Scrum' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

boring and dry;
some things are extremely dated so you subconsciously start imagining bearded man coding in cobol;
a lot of extremely biased things like 'SAME SITE' policy where people like slaves are sitting together as close as possible feeling each other's bitter sweat and heavy breathing);
when reading shit like that you start wondering if these folks actually worked with international teams working across the globe;
certainly doesn't feel like it.

but again, some things are quite good, basic but worth noting down.

Review of 'The millionaire fastlane' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Okay, DeMarco is a nobody whatever he claims to be.
Apparently he had multiple companies before he cashed out and the book and his forum are something he does to impact others.
No shit Sherlock, sounds like Tai Lopez.
But !
Even Tai Lopez was basically transmitting common sense wrapped in stories for easier digestion.
I understand his average reader isn't that brilliant (otherwise he wouldn't go for a cheesy title) - neither am I but let me explain - one of the VC partners recommended the book a couple of years ago and I enjoyed this person's writings, I do enjoy them still for that matter.
So I gave it a chance and have to say, if you push yourself into digesting 'simple Simon' stories for people with low intellect - you can still get some value from that book.
Some of the 'rules' or 'laws' are simple math …

I loved Hailey's other works because of his attention to detail. This work is a …

Review of 'Detective' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I am not sure what I expected but definitely not a novel written by Chase.
I mean after the intrinsic fabrics of the hotel industry in "Hotel" I was expected the machinery behind law enforcement described but... it wasn't, not the way you expected Hailey to write about it.
It is a detective story, a thriller with Miami vibe but... there is not much Hailey in there.

Ain't my cup of tea, I was forcing myself to read farther (never happened to me with other books by AH).