CodeCraft Bring-A-Book 2021 Entries

Our annual tradition of getting together and discussing books has continued into its fourth year! It’s not a book club in the traditional sense. Instead, we invite attendees to Bring-a-Book (or blog post, podcast, other media) that has influenced them.

This year we ran online, and the number of people around meant it was good to discuss topics as a single group. The entries are as follows, in no particular order.


  • “Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers” by Dave Gray/Sunni Brown/James Macanufo
    • (ps: not about video games, but games in general)
  • “Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager: How to Be the Leader Your Development Team Needs” by James Stanier
  • “Performance Analysis and Tuning on Modern CPUs: Squeeze the last bit of performance from your application.” by Denis Bakhvalov
  • “Systems Performance (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)” by Brendan Gregg
  • “Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine” by Derren Brown
  • “Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software” by Eric Evans (the blue book)
    • Possibly better starting point: “Implementing Domain-Driven Design” by Vaughn Vernon
    • Goes well with: “Introducing EventStorming - An act of Deliberate Collective Learning” by Alberto Brandolini
  • “Take smart notes” or ZETTELKASTEN by Christian Tietze
  • “Debug It!: Find, Repair, and Prevent Bugs in Your Code (Pragmatic Programmers)” by Paul Butcher
  • “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown
  • “Thinking in Systems: A Primer” by Donella H. Meadows, Diana Wright
  • “Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change” by Kent Beck, Cynthia Andres
  • “Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value” by Melissa Perri
  • “Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology” by Ellen Ullman
  • “Alice and Bob learn Application Security” by Tanya Janca
  • “Technically Wrong, Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech” by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  • “Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men” by Caroline Criado Perez
  • “You Look Like a Thing and I Love You” by Janelle Shane
    • Subtitle: How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why It’s Making the World a Weirder Place


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