I have always been a bit of a book hoarder, and being introduced to Agile was more than enough encouragement! Christmas 2007 was especially fruitful since I pointed everyone in my family at my Amazon wish list and I got a nice little haul.
There are also a couple more titles that didn't make it in time for Christmas...
- Patterns Of Enterprise Application Architecture - Martin Fowler
- Domain Driven Design - Eric Evans
- The New Turing Omnibus (66 excursions in Computer Science) - A.K. Dewdney
In fact, it was my birthday last month and I took the unprecedented step of asking people not to buy me any more books. I reckon I can make time to read about one a month so I'll be doing well if I finish this lot before next Christmas!
As I pointed out in my previous post, most Agile technical literature is focused on software development using Object Oriented languages and I think it's important for the development of Agile that we publish research into how to apply this vast resource of knowledge and experience to Data Management.
Now I have an influx of new books, I think now is a good time to start publishing reviews. I expect the format and structure of the reviews the evolve as I learn what works best but I think it will be helpful to the reader if I were to give each book a headline score that is easy to digest...
- Overall Score - how much did I get out of the book. Ranges from 1 to 5
- Relevance to Data Management - how much of this book is relevant to people on data management projects. Ranges from 1 to 5.
- Technical vs Management - 1 pure management, 2 bit of both, 3 pure technical
Let's see how we get on with that. I'm off to review a book now...