Recommended reads by fellow Polymorphers

An oft heard refrain is “who has time to read?”, mine is always “who doesn’t?”. With that in mind, I asked all the Polymorphers to recommend a book that they enjoyed, always recommend or live by. I am always looking for recommendations, so add them to the list…

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

An interesting book about how to use computer algorithms in real life situations

Johan Nilsson

The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses
by Jesse Schell

Its fairly old now, but still great, with various updated editions. It was very influential on me, not just for game design, but design in general. It sold me on the approach of looking at complex systems of products, especially interactive ones through a series of defined lenses that allow a designer to focus on each problem to solve or aspect to improve.

Colin Payne

Creativity Inc
by Ed Catmull

Creativity Inc is the story of Pixar, and it’s inspiring not just because it’s told really well, but also because there are a lot of things they have to deal with, that actually mirror quite closely what Polymorph has to deal with.

Johan Pretorius

The Demon Cycle
by Peter V Brett

More than a fantasy novel. The author created this dark world where humanity fights for existence against the demons at night. They build their owns defences, but later realize that it’s not only the demons they are fighting… I can’t wait for the fifth book to get released!

Hilda Joubert

Geronimo Stilton Series
by Lorenzo De Pretto

As a dad I don’t get much reading time. I can tell you that my kids enjoy Geronimo Stilton series so try those out for a happy 20 minutes reading before bed

Mitchell Wong Ho

Ghost in the Wires
by Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon

For all interested in the early days of computer security, a really fun, interesting, non technical and easy to follow story about Kevin Mitnick who was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history.

Pieter Smit

How to win friends and influence people
by Dale Carnegie

Gives you a good new perspective on how to communicate better with team members and people in your life.

Ryno Claassen

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel
by Susanna Clarke

This book is an alternate history novel set in England at the dawn of the nineteenth century, only in this history, magic is about to return to England at the hand of two magicians. I enjoyed how true the author stayed to actual history and reality (war with Napoleon, England geography, etc), yet managed to weave magic throughout. A quote: “Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might,” he admitted, “but a gentleman never could.”

Madi Duvenhage

Mistborn series
by Brandon Sanderson

The story throughout the trilogy is full of mystery and intrigue, whilst the authors description of the world paints beautiful images in your imagination.

Paul Roux

Lean Startup
by Eric Ries

Lean startup is a methodology for developing businesses and products. The methodology aims to shorten product development cycles by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.

Richard Barry

The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle

You’ll probably find that you like some parts of the book and really don’t like other parts, but all in all you’ll feel like you’ve grown and had a couple of really good realisations.

Percy Groenewald

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

Easy to read, great characters, and a plot that unfolds in surprising, but realistic ways. I didn’t want the book to end and am certain I will revisit it often.

Chantal Louw

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
by Jeff Sutherland

Written by one of the co-creators many years after its ‘invention’, this book explains how Scrum has been exported from the Software Development Industry into other unrelated ones such as Education and Government. Its underlying principles help make work autonomous, conducive to personal growth and purposeful! We all need this kind of drive!

Duke Coulbanis

by Neal Stephenson

I am especially enjoying it as it is set in a not too distant future and touches on a lot of meticulously researched scientific topics from orbital mechanics to human psychology & genetics.

Herman Smith

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

We are all leaders at work in some way or another and asking WHY is a great place to kickstart the inspiration!

Wim Morris


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Richard Barry


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