The books I liked in 2023

Jason Yip
1 min readDec 20, 2023

The Crux by Richard Rumelt. The sequel to his previous book Good Strategy, Bad Strategy. I think you need to read that first to best appreciate the Crux but it’s a good addition and emphasizes finding out where to focus, aka “the crux”. I wrote this Collect, Cluster, Filter (x2), Alternatives — Jason Yip — Medium based on this book.

A Spy’s Guide to Strategy by John Braddock. This is the 2nd book in his spy series. I read a Spy’s Guide to Thinking last year. Like the first book, this is short and entertaining. Looking forward and reasoning backward, zero-sum and positive-sum games.

Uncommon Sense Teaching by Barbara Oakley, Beth Rogowsky, and Terrence J. Sejnowski. I read this after taking the Uncommon Sense Teaching specialization on Coursera. The best reference I know of about effective teaching.

Software Estimation without Guessing by George Dinwiddie. The best book currently on software estimation.

Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppman. This one is extensive. The go to reference to learn how to reason about and design data-intensive applications.

The books I liked in 2022

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Jason Yip

Senior Manager Product Engineering at Grainger. Extreme Programming, Agile, Lean guy. Ex-Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl