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Book review: Tulipomania, by Mike Dash

Over the Christmas break, I read Tulipomania, by Mike Dash. The book explores one of the first documented bubbles – and seeks to understand what happened beyond the traditional explanation of “the madness of crowds“. The book is light enough reading. Dash writes in an accessible way, and avoids going into too much detail – […]

Book review: An Officer and a Spy, by Robert Harris

I recently read Robert Harris’s new book, An Officer and a Spy. Robert Harris is a great writer – he combines deep historical knowledge with a knack for story telling. His latest book describes the Dreyfus affair from the perspective of one of the key protagonists – the head of French military intelligence. The story […]

Book review: “The Essence of Software Engineering: The SEMAT Kernel”

I’ve long been a fan of Ivar Jacobson’s work – I attended a seminar he ran a few years ago on the topic of the Essential Unified Process, and it inspired me to introduce practices at my work place as a way of capturing the way we work – not just in technology, but across […]