Conferences are great places to meet new people, learn and load yourself with lots ideas and things to think about until the next edition.
Since most sessions are high level, they are just offer seeds for you to grow on later, and what is a better way to grow your knowledge than a book.
This year, while attending the Romanian Testing Conference I tried gathering the books mentioned in the talks.
- First mention was Alex F. Osborn – “Applied Imagination” for the brainstorming groundwork.
- Charting in conflicts was mentioned through “Territorial Games” by Annette Simmons as a good resource for getting your head around mapping territories in the organization context.
- “Crucial Conversations” by Kerry Patterson was mentioned for its important lessons about trusting your instincts when dealing with conflicts.
- Also on conflict resolution and change, was mentioned “Influencer” by Joseph Grenny, as a guide on leading change.
- The list got bigger with “Persuade” by Philip Hesketh, mentioned for it’s usefulness in advocating for a cause, in our case when advocating for #tester role and need for testing in agile teams.
- “Leadership and the art of self deception” by The Arbinger Institute was indicated by Bill Matthews for learning how to manage the dangerous moments when emotions and stakes are both high, times where one needs not to leap into decisions.
- “Remaining relevant” by Rob Lambert seems from the cover and title to be a longer format variety of what his session was about.
<<Errare humanum est>> said the old Latins, so If I have missed books mentioned in other sessions, please leave a comment with the reference.
Image credit: Romanian Testing Conference 2016.