Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Books and Other Resources to move Beyond being an IC

In no particular order, books/other stuff that has helped some folks move beyond being an IC:
* Managing Humans
* Pragmatic Programmer
* Rands Leadership Slack Group
* Phoenix Project / DevOps Handbook
* Find & Adhere to an industry-appropriate maturity model
* Influencers
* Crucial Conversations
* Radical Candor

Categorizing architectures - updated

Overwrites my previous notes (we had some late additions)

Beyond Being an Individual Contributor Open Space - Managing Disruption with Strategic Mapping


Discussion of mapping to make strategic decisions. 

Q. How do you gain common understanding of an environment, climate, influence, new business models, technology, etc?
A. Strategic Maps

Q. How do you convince executive team to change course or disrupt itself before it becomes irrelevant?
A.  Show that there is potential value, build prototypes, use leadership, networking, influence, look at previous successes.

Q.  How do you organize teams to explore and innovate, leverage what works, then optimize/commoditize? 
A. Recognize that you need distinct teams with different working models, aptitude, criteria for success, speed, etc.

- Inspired by recent discovery of Simon Wardley's WardleyMaps: https://medium.com/wardleymaps/on-being-lost-2ef5f05eb1ec
- Clayton Christensen - "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail"