Books

A while ago I finished reading The Bond King: Investment Secrets from PIMCO’s Bill Gross. I didn’t find the book too exciting. It’s written in a bombastic style I thought, which I should have expected from the title. It’s still interesting to find out about Bill Gross and some of his investment strategies. But at points, I thought the book is hard selling some of the funds that PIMCO manages. Perhaps more useful is PIMCO’s website http://www.pimco.com where they have some fixed income tutorials. I read one or two and they are very good.

After that, I offered myself a break, switched my brain off and read one of Michael Connelly’s novel called Black Ice. It’s a story about a police detective tracking down several murders related to a new drug called Black Ice. It took me 2 days to read. Brain gargle.

And now, I moved on to an older book Microsoft Secrets: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets and Manages People by Michael A. Cusamano. It’s an old book that documents Microsoft’s practices, development methods culture from the ’80s until 1995 when the book was published. So it doesn’t include recent developments.
I read it because:
1. It’s still a good lesson in company organisation – the good, the bad and the ugly, learning from mistakes and avoid repeating history
2. I’m particularly interested in their product lifecycle – identifying good ideas, implementing them, selling them – I’m interested in that entrepreneurial spirit
3. It’s interesting reading about how they discovered some of the established best practices in software engineering. Today we perhaps take them for granted, but it’s good to learn/remember why they are best practices in the first place.
4. It’s a good history lesson

Yesterday, I’ve ordered The Accidental Investment Banker on Amazon so I guess that will show up on my list soon. Although Microsoft Secrets is a thick book that will keep me busy for a while.

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