Recommended books: Feedback, Scaling DevOps, System Administration, LeSS

Here are some recently published books that I highly recommend on giving and receiving feedback, starting and scaling DevOps in the enterprise, the practice of System and Network Administration, and Large Scale Scrum: More with LeSS.

Feedback is a great technique for people to improve, yet many find it difficult to give or receive feedback. The book Make Them Grow by Michal Nowostawski provides practical techniques and exercises that you can use to develop your feedback skills. In the book he explains how positive feedback encourages people and how feedback help people to learn from mistakes. He dives into feedback traps and explains how you can avoid them. If you are looking for ways to improve and want to get more out of your feedback, this book has lots of ideas to do just that.

Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise is a quick, easy-to-read guide that helps structure those improvements by providing a framework that large organizations can use to understand DevOps principles in the context of their current development processes and gain alignment across the organization for successful implementations. The book illustrates how to analyze your current development and delivery processes to ensure you gain positive momentum by implementing the DevOps practices that will have the greatest immediate impact on the productivity of your organization, with the goal of achieving continuous improvement over time.

For more than a decade, The Practice of System and Network Administration has been the industry’s definitive guide to managing computer systems and networks. Now, its award-winning authors have thoroughly updated this classic for the latest real-world challenges. You’ll find extensive new coverage of crucial new topics such as managing BYOD and implementing new security approaches. All this new coverage is smoothly interwoven with the authors’ proven framework for effective IT administration, focused on six core principles: simplicity, clarity, generality, automation, communication, and the basics first.

In Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS, Craig Larman and Bas Vodde have distilled over a decade of experience in large-scale LeSS adoptions towards a simpler organization that delivers more flexibility with less complexity, more value with less waste, and more purpose with less prescription. Targeted to anyone involved in large-scale development, Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS, offers straight-to-the-point guides for how to be agile at scale, with LeSS.

For more books on agile and lean software development, please see my recommended books page.

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