We reached out to the entire Ardoq team and got their recommendations to create a must-read list of enterprise architect books that teach, inspire, and boost skill sets.
Sometimes to enable successful change, we need to change our perspectives on challenges. While many of these books are not about leveling up your technical know-how, they may provide a new perspective on managing change, people, and projects.
Which books have you found most inspiring or beneficial to boosting your skillsets? Have you read any of the below? Send us your favourites in the chat bubble on the right or share it with us on Twitter.
New Perspectives, New Opportunities - Why We Decided To Share Our Favourite Enterprise Architect Books
We recently hosted a webinar in collaboration with Debasish Mishra, looking at what we can do as EAs and technology leaders in light of the current situation.
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One of the 5 recommendations was, if you have the capacity, to upskill yourself and your team.
Here They Are, Our Top Recommended Enterprise Architect Books
Software Project and Technology Management:
- Why adding more people to a late project only makes it later
- Focus on the human side of software development
- The above book set in software
- The follow up to the above
- Use technology to drive business value
- Understanding the opportunities in emerging technologies
People, Culture, and Organizational Management:
- What motivates (creative) people
- How to create an environment for high performance.
- How to give feedback.
- A classic book on Theory of Constraints.
- Radical Truth and Transparency and how life’s lessons can be turned into algorithms for better decision making.
Specific for Enterprise Architecture:
- Classic required reading for new EAs.
- Looking at the enterprise as a system.
Miscellaneous good reads:
- The Entrepreneurship 101 book, a must-read and applicable to internal innovation projects.
- Turning points for nations in crisis (maybe fitting?).
- An interesting part of history where technology and politics meet.
- Understanding a modern strategy for selling (Lessons applicable to “selling” internally).
- Changing the way your approach challenges to turn the impossible to possible.
- For those interested in math and computer science.
- A solid entry point into strategy.
- The rise and fall of Enron.
Online Resources and Courses:
- Ongoing Podcast Series specific to Enterprise Architecture topics.
- A valuable course on AWS not limited to technologists and architects.
- 3 part series.
What books or online resources would you recommend to others? Let us know!
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Ian Stendera is VP of Product and part of the Executive Team at Ardoq. Working with Ardoq since 2014, he has built teams across sales, marketing, and customer success. Over the last few years, Ian has been working closely with EA teams and leaders to ensure they realize the objectives of their enterprise architecture initiatives.