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Every month we share content that we are reading. This month, we dive into the books that a group of our developers have been reading. 

Harry S. Truman said it best, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” 

Independent learning is something that we do not take lightly here at In Time Tec. Reading is a simple way for our employees to expand their knowledge, build their expertise, and contribute to their growth while becoming leaders. 

Here is a closer look at the specific authors and content that the team has been reading:

Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory. Defines agile testing and illustrates the tester’s role with examples from real agile teams. Teaches you how to use the agile testing quadrants to identify what testing is needed, who should do it, and what tools might help.

Brain Wash by David Perlmutter. Identifies the mental hijacking that undermines each and every one of us, and presents the tools necessary to think more clearly, make better decisions, strengthen bonds with others, and develop healthier habits.

Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson. Shows us how to heal our brain and shift it into a mode where it is ready to shed pounds, release cravings, and stop sabotaging our weight loss goals.Best of all, it is a program that understands that willpower cannot be relied on, and sets us up to be successful anyway.

Building Evolutionary Architectures by Neal Ford, Rebecca Parsons & Patrick Kua. Explains how architecture changes over time, along with ways to protect important architectural characteristics as it evolves. This practical guide ties those parts together with a new way to think about architecture and time. 

Complete Guide to Test Automation by Arnon Axelrod. Provides a detailed hands-on guide for writing highly maintainable test code. Aims to cover all aspects of test automation in great detail so you can make decisions to create the best test automation solution that will not only help your test automation project to succeed, but also allow the entire software project to thrive.

Developing the Leader Within You 2.0 by John Maxwell. Reveals how to develop the vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders. Explores the 10 foundational lessons for becoming a great leader and encourages you to take the next step in your leadership journey.

The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Deboi & John Willis. Offers insights into how to increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey. Focuses on the critical school years when parents must learn to allow their children to experience the disappointment and frustration that occur from life’s inevitable problems so that they can grow up to be successful, resilient, and self-reliant adults.

Greenlights, by Mathew McConaughey. Shares notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made him marvel, and things that made him laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more himself. 

Insights into Creating Abundance by Jeet Kumar. Offers new perspectives to common experiences in a way that leaves the reader excited to take on life and leave an impact on the world. Ranges from self-reflection and growth to leadership skills and tools.

Leading Change by John P. Kotter. Identifies an eight-step process that every company must go through to achieve its goal, and shows where and how people—good people—often derail. Provides unprecedented access to our generation's business master and a positive role model for leaders to emulate.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World By David Epstein. Argues that starting a specialized path early and doggedly sticking to it may not be as rewarding as trying a variety of things and quitting the unfulfilling ones. 

100 Tips for a Better Life by Ideopunk. Offers specific action items on how to live a better life.