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Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

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Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software.How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years, we’ve been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn’t matter―that it can’t provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for readers to apply in their own organizations.
Readers will discover how to measure the performance of their teams, and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level

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Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software .”We strongly recommend this book to anyone involved in a digital transformation for solid guidance about what works, what doesn’t work, and what doesn’t matter.” (Tom & Mary Poppendieck, Authors of the Lean Software Development Series)

“A must read! In a sea of books about technology approaches, Accelerate stands out in its clarity and practicality.” (Karen Martin, Author, Clarity First and The Outstanding Organization)

“Excellent! As well as conclusively showing that DevOps outcomes are faster, cheaper AND safer, this book is an excellent case study for robust survey design and analysis.” (Adrian Cockroft)

“This is the kind of foresight that CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs desperately need if their company is going to survive in this new software-centric world.Anyone that doesn’t read this book will be replaced by someone that has.” (Thomas A. Limoncelli, Co-Author of The Practice of Cloud System Administration)

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The 3D Printing Handbook: Technologies, design

The 3D Printing Handbook: Technologies, design and applications

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The 3D Printing Handbook provides practical advice on selecting the right technology and how-to design for 3D printing, based upon first-hand experience from the industry’s leading experts.

In this book:

  • The mechanisms behind all major 3D printing technologies
  • The benefits and limitations of each technology
  • Decision making tools for technology selection
  • Actionable design advice and guidelines
  • Industry case studies from world-leading brands

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 “An impressive job capturing the most important elements of 3D printing in an easy-to-understand and visually dynamic manner.”
– Michael Molitch-Hou, Engineering.com

“This book acts as a much-needed resource for designers and engineers at any level of experience to better understand [3D printing] technology.”
– Sarah Goehrke, 3dprint.com

“Whether you are a novice or a well aged veteran, you will certainly find many things you don’t yet know in this book.”
– Kerry Stevenson, fabbaloo.com

“3D Hubs draw on the thousands of 3D printing hours they have clocked up and bring this experience to the reader”
– Michael Petch, 3dprintingindustry.com

The 3D Printing Handbook is a beautifully designed new reference work from 3D Hubs”

The 3D Printing Handbook.Like others have said, if you are a beginner hoping to learn the basics of 3D printing then this book will be great for you. It covers a broad range of topics that are applicable to specific 3D printing technologies. So on that end, it’s a great book and I would give it 5 stars.

However, if you are like me and using 3D printing everyday and have been for years, this book will likely not be that helpful to you. I was expecting a more detailed book that really got into the weeds of 3D printing – acceleration speeds, microstepping, back-pressure issues, retraction settings, dual extrusion, direct drive vs. bowden setups, flow rates, etc. I just simply misunderstood the purpose of the book when I bought it. So as for a technical textbook I would only give it 3 stars.

So should you buy it? Well it depends. If you’re looking to learn about 3D printing and various applications and nothing more, then yes – by all means. But if you REALLY want to learn about 3D printing, skip the book, save up and buy an actual 3D printer. Getting your hands dirty with a cheap, open-source 3D printer is by far the best way to really learn the depths of 3D printing. Note: there will be times where you’ll want to bang your head against the wall, but it’s worth it.

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Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices, Book 1

Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices, Book 1

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Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices, Book 1 .The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally best-selling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions….

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother, Mark – who was captured by the faeries five years ago – has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind – and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Everyone who plays pool knows that it is “mostly mental,” but the conventional wisdom about the mental game is about as accurate as the idea that the earth is flat. Until now, no one with any expertise on how the human mind works has bothered to write about pool. In Pleasures of Small Motions, Bob Fancher, a psychotherapist and pool columnist, breaks new ground by applying good science to the mental game of billiards.This book does for pool what Timothy Gallwey’s bestselling “The Inner Game” books did for golf and tennis. Fancher explains how the conscious and unconscious mind work together, prescribes drills to help players improve, advises on mastering emotion and developing rhythm, explains the difference between concentration and focus, and gives invaluable insight on competitive play. (6 x 9, 160 pages, illustrations)Bob Fancher’s column, “Dr. Bob, Pool Shrink,” appears monthly in The American Cueist. He earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and practiced psychotherapy in New York for fourteen years. His acclaimed book Cultures of Healing has been used in classes at Columbia University, Princeton, and many other schools, and is writing has appeared in The Washington Post and other publications. He lives in Austin, Texas

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The Book on Rental Property Investing: How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Intelligent Buy & Hold Real Estate Investing!

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Every strategy, tool, tip, and technique you need to become a millionaire rental property investor!

Create Wealth and Passive.If you’re considering using rental properties to build wealth or obtain financial freedom, this book is a must-read. With nearly 400 pages of in-depth advice for building wealth through rental properties, The Book on Rental Property Investing imparts the practical and exciting strategies that investors across the world are using to build significant cash flow through real estate investing.

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Investor, bestselling author, and co-host of The BiggerPockets Podcast, Brandon Turner, has one goal in mind: to give you everything you need to become a millionaire rental property investor―while helping you avoid the junk that pulls down so many wannabes! New and experienced investors alike will learn how to build an achievable plan, find incredible deals, pay for your rentals, and much more.

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Inside, you will learn:

Why many real estate investors fail, and how you can ensure you don’t!

Four unique, easy-to-follow strategies you can begin implementing today

Creative tips for finding incredible deals―even in competitive markets

How to achieve success without touching a toilet, paintbrush, or broom

Actionable ideas for financing rentals, no matter how much cash you have

Advice on keeping your wealth by deferring (and eliminating) taxes

And so much more!

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“There are plenty of books out there aimed at providing the motivation to want to buy rental properties, but there are very few books that provide a detailed, step-by-step framework for accomplishing real estate success. Brandon Turner’s The Book on Rental Property Investing does that, and does it in a way that puts financial freedom through real estate within reach of anyone who wants it.”

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Pleasures of Small Motions: Mastering the Mental Game

Pleasures of Small Motions: Mastering the Mental Game of Pocket Billiards

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Mastering the Mental Game .A psychotherapist and pool columnist breaks new ground by applying good science to the mental game of billiards and gives invaluable insight on competitive play.

Mastering the Mental Game .Everyone who plays pool knows that it is “mostly mental,” but the conventional wisdom about the mental game is about as accurate as the idea that the earth is flat. Until now, no one with any expertise on how the human mind works has bothered to write about pool. In Pleasures of Small Motions, Bob Fancher, a psychotherapist and pool columnist, breaks new ground by applying good science to the mental game of billiards.This book does for pool what Timothy Gallwey’s bestselling “The Inner Game” books did for golf and tennis. Fancher explains how the conscious and unconscious mind work together, prescribes drills to help players improve, advises on mastering emotion and developing rhythm, explains the difference between concentration and focus, and gives invaluable insight on competitive play. (6 x 9, 160 pages, illustrations)Bob Fancher’s column, “Dr. Bob, Pool Shrink,” appears monthly in The American Cueist. He earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and practiced psychotherapy in New York for fourteen years. His acclaimed book Cultures of Healing has been used in classes at Columbia University, Princeton, and many other schools, and is writing has appeared in The Washington Post and other publications. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Bought this book on a compulsive whim while obsessing about billiards. Holy crap Tarzan! This little book is changing my life – for the better. This fine piece of work has taught me that to manage endless compulsions, which become obsessive at about three times the speed of light – all I need to do is think about something else. It’s that simple. For 65 years my personal management tool box has been empty. Now I have an effective tool to carry in it. SSRI’s like Prozac can slow down what I call the motor in my head, thereby reducing the power of a particular compulsion/obsession, but SSRI’s cannot actually help manage my OCD thought process as an adult. This wonderful book has given me a new lease on life. I can control my compulsions simply by thinking about something else. Another way of saying it is: I now manage “realistic expectations” as opposed to just bouncing around like a deranged ball in a pin ball machine of despair. Thank you so much Dr. Fancher. Your book has been quite unexpected.
  2. I believe this book is a sincere effort to examine mental aspects of pool. It is relatively well written but promises more than it delivers. What’s new? Its pluses are accurately debunking of many of the meaningless approaches regularly marketed to players trying to improve their skill and results. Minuses are criticisms of common approaches without offering solid reasons for the criticism. I got a few thing but it is too condescending.

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The One Hour Content Plan: The Blog Post Ideas

The One Hour Content Plan: The   Blog Post Ideas

The One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Hooks and Sells

Does any of this sound like you?

1. You NEVER know what to write

On most days you struggle to come up with blog post ideas and haven’t planned in advance what your content is going to be about. You’re always looking to fill a publishing queue.  

2. You chase after content trends

You go after what you think will make your post go viral or get more shares. There isn’t necessarily a thread in any of your content pieces.

3. Your content doesn’t have a strong link to the products or services you offer

You’re not sure how to create content to promote your products or services. 

If you’re nodding yes to any of the above, The 1- Hour Content Plan will help you generate COUNTLESS ideas. To be exact, a full year’s worth of traffic building and sales boosting content ideas in 60 minutes or less. 

Here’s what’s packed in this how-to guide: 

  • Three core ways to INSTANTLY generate content ideas with ease. Ditch the content overwhelm and never ever struggle with what to write again. 
  • 5 types of content that will inch your subscriber towards becoming a buyer and sell your products and services with ease. (And why you need ALL five!) 
  • The fastest way to determine your BRAND VOICE so that you create content that fits you like a glove. No “whishy-washy” ideas. No guessing. 
  • 8 MUST-NOT neglect elements that either make or break your blog posts and how to optimize each of them. 
  • The trap that bloggers and solopreneurs fall into with producing content and how ways to HOOK more eyeballs on your content. 

Imagine for a minute how your blog and business would change if you NEVER run out of blog post ideas

You know exactly what to create, when and what results it’ll drive.

Your offers (paid and free) become SEDUCTIVE magnets of YES! that readers cannot resist.

Every single piece of content has a purpose in growing your blog and business, sells your products and services for you and builds your online presence…

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A Handbook For Business Leaders

Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook For Business Leaders

A Handbook For Business Leaders .Selected as CES 2018 Top Technology Book of the Year ***”Artificial intelligence” is the buzz word of the day. You’ve no doubt read your fair share of media hype either proclaiming doom and gloom where robots seize our jobs or prophesying a new utopia where AI cures all our human problems. But what does it actually mean for your role as a business leader? Applied Artificial Intelligence is a practical guide for business leaders who are passionate about leveraging machine intelligence to enhance the productivity of their organizations and the quality of life in their communities. If you want to drive innovation by combining data, technology, design, and people to solve real problems at an enterprise scale, this is your playbook. This book does not overload you with details on debugging TensorFlow code nor bore you with generalizations about the future of humanity. Instead, we teach you how to lead successful AI initiatives by prioritizing the right opportunities, building a diverse team of experts, conducting strategic experiments, and consciously designing your solutions to benefit both your organization and society as a whole. This book is focused on helping you drive concrete business decisions through applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Written with the combined knowledge of three experts in the field, Applied Artificial Intelligence is the best practical guide for business leaders looking to get true value from the adoption of machine learning technology. If you have questions such as…

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“A practical guide for business leaders who aim to leverage machine intelligence. Helps business executives drive innovation by combining data, technology, design and people to solve real problems.”CES (Consumer Electronics Show 2018) “This excellent book provides a practical examination of how to harness disruptive technologies to achieve scalable and sustainable business success.”Steven Kuyan (NYU) “A perfect primer for anyone looking to understand the enterprise implications for emerging AI technology – a must read for any business leader intending to stay ahead.”Alex Stein (Viacom) “This book cuts the fluff and arms business leaders with exactly the right foundational knowledge to lead successful AI initiatives. Hands down the best playbook.”Jack Chua (Expedia)
“This book made me realize how little I actually knew about AI. Which is embarrassing because I live in the Silicon Valley which is AI Central.”Karen Cheng (Amazon Verified Review) “This is a fantastic introduction for people trying to make sense of this emerging field, especially with the goal of applying it to their business endeavors. The authors have made a complex topic accessible, makes for a great reading on a plane flight to your next meeting.”Amit Garg (Amazon Verified Review)

 “Amazing book that gets you excited about applied AI! The book does not overwhelm you with the technicalities of AI but educates you on how to think, be creative and leverage AI in projects. The book is easy to digest, fun to read and really get you excited about AI! MUST READ for anyone new to AI!”Lucy Y (Amazon Verified Review)

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PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition
PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition

PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition: A Course in a Book for Passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam

PMI-ACP Exam Prep.Written by Mike Griffiths, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner and original member of the PMI-ACP Steering CommitteePMI-ACP Exam Prep, Second Edition is specifically written for people who plan to sit for the PMI-ACP examination. Features of this worldwide best-selling resource include the following:

– Practice exam questions, over 100 throughout the book.
– Dozens of visuals and graphics for concept explanation.
– Identification of exam significance for each Agile topic.
– A focus on real-world Agile project issues.
– Exclusive exercises and Tricks of the Trade.

If you are looking to pass the PMI-ACP exam on your first attempt, this book is a required part of your study plan.

About the Author

Mike Griffiths is a world-renowned project manager, trainer, consultant and writer, holding multiple project management and Agile-related certifications. Mike was on the original PMI-ACP Steering Committee, which defined the agile-related knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to be tested by the PMI-ACP exam. He also helped create the new PMBOK Guide, as well as the Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide.

Mike frequently presents at PMI Global Congress conferences, and teaches a 2-day Agile Project Management course for the Project Management Institute (PMI) as part of their traveling Seminars World program. He also helped start the PMI Agile Community of Practice, which is now the largest PMI community in existence.

Mike helped create the agile method DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method) and has been using agile methods including FDD, Scrum and XP for the last 17 years. Mike also served on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). In addition to extensive Agile methods experience, Mike is very active in traditional project management, holding both the PMP and PRINCE2 certifications.

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PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition. As one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, I am delighted to see this book by Mike Griffiths. It is great that such an exam guide was prepared by someone with a deep understanding of both project management and Agile development. Personally, I hope that everyone reads this book, not just to pass the PMI-ACP exam, but to learn Agile development safely and effectively!

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Brain over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn’t Work, and How I Recovered for Good

Conventional Therapy. Brain over Binge provides both a gripping personal account and an informative scientific perspective on bulimia and binge eating disorder. The author, Kathryn Hansen, candidly shares her experience as a bulimic and her alternative approach to recovery. Brain over Binge is different from other eating disorder books which typically present binge eating and purging as symptoms of complex emotional and psychological problems. Kathryn disputes this mainstream idea and explains why traditional eating disorder therapy failed her and fails many. She explains how she came to understand her bulimia in a new way – as a function of her brain, and how she used the power of her brain to recover – quickly and permanently. Kathryn also sheds new light on eating disorder topics such as low self-esteem, poor body image, and dieting. Brain over Binge is a brave book that has helped many by delivering an informed and inspiring message of free will, self-reliance, and self-control.

Verified PurchaseOverall, I liked what was presented in this book, however I think there are a few things that could be dangerous or damaging for certain people. I’m a Registered Dietitian (using a functional holistic approach) and I’m also in grad school getting my Masters in Counseling. So you could say I AM one of those practitioners that this author rags on. New science on the brain has led to a lot of new ways of thinking in the field of addiction and recovery, however the brain science she describes is what influenced the new labeling of substance abuse as a DISEASE versus a CHOICE. This is opposite to what she’s arguing in this book. Because addicting substances and behaviors get programmed into the pleasure/reward centers of the brain (survival loops), we are driven to these things in a way that feels as if it’s outside our control. This is the basic premise behind the disease model of addiction. I think her approach is concerning, not because it can’t work, but because it aggressively discounts other means of treatment. Some individuals do not have the cognitive means to simply separate their “human” brain from their “animal” brain. Perhaps it’s that easy for some, but if you’re not one of them, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you.

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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller

“Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don’t, bring value to your life.”–Ezra Klein, Vox

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

Digital minimalists are all around us. They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.

Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don’t go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.

Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.

Product detailsHardcover: 304 pagesPublisher: Portfolio (February 5, 2019)Language: English

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