I had always wanted to work at a company that had a library of intereresting/educational books I could borrow; so when I started at JDS Australia in late 2005, I brought in a few of my technical books in case anyone else wanted to borrow them. Gradually other people brought in books too, until there was quite a nice collection.
I like to think that consultants who have read Death March and The Mythical Man Month will be a little wiser than their brethren who have just flicked through Learn x in 24 Hours. The lives of technical people will definitely be more pleasant if they have a manager who has read Peopleware, and everyone will be kept busy if the sales guys have read and applied Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.
So, for the greater good (or something), I am throwing open the (metaphorical) doors of my personal library to people who don’t work at JDS. If you know me and would like to borrow any of the books listed below, please let me know.
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