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This is a book club for books about technology – programming as well as IT and related areas like design, UI/UX, security, DevOps, business, Linux, data science, etc. Please let me know if you are interested in a particular book you would like to read! Even if it's a book that I cannot commit to at the time, I can still help you post a meetup for the book.

We have a Slack workspace where you can suggest a book or discuss a given book whenever you like! - Join our Slack Workspace Here (message me on Meetup if you have trouble).

Here is a running list of books that members are interested in: Book List. If you have a suggestion for a book, post in our Slack's #meetup channel or on this Meetup page and I'll add it to the list.

We usually meet every month or so on Tuesday nights at Westport Coffeehouse but we can always try to find whatever location and time works best for people at the time.

Upcoming events (4)

The Scout Mindset by Julia Galef

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This is the best single book I've read on the topic of critical thinking. There is also a good TED talk summary by the author here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4RLfVxTGH4

From Amazon: "When it comes to what we believe, humans see what they want to see. In other words, we have what Julia Galef calls a "soldier" mindset. From tribalism and wishful thinking, to rationalizing in our personal lives and everything in between, we are driven to defend the ideas we most want to believe—and shoot down those we don't.

But if we want to get things right more often, argues Galef, we should train ourselves to have a "scout" mindset. Unlike the soldier, a scout's goal isn't to defend one side over the other. It's to go out, survey the territory, and come back with as accurate a map as possible. Regardless of what they hope to be the case, above all, the scout wants to know what's actually true.

In The Scout Mindset, Galef shows that what makes scouts better at getting things right isn't that they're smarter or more knowledgeable than everyone else. It's a handful of emotional skills, habits, and ways of looking at the world—which anyone can learn. With fascinating examples ranging from how to survive being stranded in the middle of the ocean, to how Jeff Bezos avoids overconfidence, to how superforecasters outperform CIA operatives, to Reddit threads and modern partisan politics, Galef explores why our brains deceive us and what we can do to change the way we think."

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Scout-Mindset-People-Things-Clearly-ebook/dp/B07L2HQ26K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Scout+Mindset&qid=1641269720&sr=8-1

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Feel free to still come if you haven't read the book or just read parts of it or read it years ago and can't remember anything about it. It will be a very laid-back and conversational discussion format.

The Phoenix Project & Beyond The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim et al

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This is one of my favorite tech books. It tells the story of a fictional company that gradually evolves from being a poorly-run company that is miserable to work at to being a really well-run company that is both more successful and more enjoyable to work at. It can be done!

I liked this book so much that I wanted to read it again but there is also a companion book called Beyond the Phoenix Project that I thought would be good to lump together for this meeting.

From Amazon: ""A must-read for anyone wanting to transform their IT to enable the business to win. Told through an absorbing story that is impossible to put down, the authors teach the essential lessons in an accessible way. Every business leader and IT professional should read this book!""

The Phoenix Project Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Project-DevOps-Helping-Business/dp/0988262592

Beyond the Phoenix Project Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Phoenix-Project-Evolution-Transcript-ebook/dp/B079V4YRG1/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Feel free to still come if you haven't read the book or just read parts of it or read it years ago and can't remember anything about it. It will be a very laid-back and conversational discussion format.

The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim

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This is the sequel to The Phoenix Project and continues its story of a company transforming its IT. The Unicorn Project focuses more on the software development side of the story.

From Amazon: "In The Unicorn Project, we follow Maxine, a senior lead developer and architect, as she is exiled to the Phoenix Project, to the horror of her friends and colleagues, as punishment for contributing to a payroll outage. She tries to survive in what feels like a heartless and uncaring bureaucracy and to work within a system where no one can get anything done without endless committees, paperwork, and approvals.

One day, she is approached by a ragtag bunch of misfits who say they want to overthrow the existing order, to liberate developers, to bring joy back to technology work, and to enable the business to win in a time of digital disruption. To her surprise, she finds herself drawn ever further into this movement, eventually becoming one of the leaders of the Rebellion, which puts her in the crosshairs of some familiar and very dangerous enemies.

The Age of Software is here, and another mass extinction event looms--this is a story about rebel developers and business leaders working together, racing against time to innovate, survive, and thrive in a time of unprecedented uncertainty...and opportunity."

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Project-Developers-Disruption-Thriving-ebook/dp/B07QT9QR41/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2LGWB9AF5VK2K&keywords=the+unicorn+project&qid=1642478771&s=books&sprefix=the+unicorn+project%2Cstripbooks%2C80&sr=1-1

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Feel free to still come if you haven't read the book or just read parts of it or read it years ago and can't remember anything about it. It will be a very laid-back and conversational discussion format.

The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble et al

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This is another book related to The Phoenix Project. It's also by Gene Kim and distills the principles explored in The Phoenix Project but in a normal non-fiction format. I wanted to read this one again anyway, but now there is a second edition of the book with quite a bit more material.

From Amazon: "Over the last five years, The DevOps Handbook has been the definitive guide for taking the successes laid out in the bestselling The Phoenix Project and applying them in any organization. Now, with this fully updated and expanded edition, it’s time to take DevOps out of the IT department and apply it across the full business.

Technology is now at the core of every company, no matter the business model or product. The theories and practices laid out in The DevOps Handbook are tools to be used by anyone from across the organization to create joy and succeed in the marketplace."

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/DevOps-Handbook-Second-World-Class-Organizations-ebook/dp/B09G2GS39R/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Feel free to still come if you haven't read the book or just read parts of it or read it years ago and can't remember anything about it. It will be a very laid-back and conversational discussion format.

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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

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