In H.G. Wells “The Time Machine”, the Time Traveler comes back from the future to take 3 books from a bookshelf in their study to return to the future. The reader (or viewer of the film) is left guessing which 3 books have been taken from the bookshelf and how they will shape the future.
Thinking about this the other way, I have been considering which books I would send back to my younger self to read to help my career earlier than when I actually read them. I have expanded my choices to 10 books rather than just 3.
As in “The Time Machine”, I’ve chosen books that are on my bookshelf that I would pick up and hand back to myself. Some of these may be considered a bit dated, however I have chosen books here that helped shape my thinking through the years, rather than the Sports Almanac (Back to the Future reference).
Time paradoxes aside – here is my list;
- Understanding Organisations
- Enterprise Architecture as Strategy
- by Jeanne W.Ross, Peter Weill, David C.Robertson
- Site Reliability Engineering
- by Betsy Beyer, Chris Jones, Jennifer Petoff, Niall Richard Murphy
- The Art of Systems Architecting
- by Eberhardt Rechtin, Mark Maier
- Software Architecture in Practice
- by Len Bass, Paul Clements, Rick Kazman
- Software Engineering
- Peopleware Productive Projects and Teams
- by Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister
- Trusted Advisor
- David Maister, Charles H. Green, Robert M. Galford
- Mythical Man Month
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
If you had an opportunity to send 10 books back to your younger self, what would you choose from your bookshelf?