Book worms out there - what do you recommend?

Hey all

The Ask me anything with Lisa Crispin was awesome yesterday. I can’t believe I’ve never read Explore It! by Elisabeth Hendrickson. I ordered it from amazon and avidly reading it this afternoon.

What other books can I get my hands on?

thanks for reading my first post :wink: I hope to get more involved over the upcoming weeks.


You can read:

  • Dear Evil Tester by Alan Richardson
  • Don’t make me think by Steve Krug

Hello @melissafisher!

Here is a partial list. While many not appear to be about testing, I found testing to be a very social activity and some of these are good reads for that.

7 Habits – Stephen Covey
Agile Testing – Crispin and Gregory
Beautiful Testing – Goucher
How to Be Interesting – Hagy
How We Test Software at Microsoft – Page, et al
How Google Tests Software – Whitaker
The Pragmatic Programmer – Hunt and Thomas
The Invisible Gorilla – Chabris, et al
Lessons Learned in Software Testing – Kaner, et al
Introduction into General Systems Thinking – Weinberg
Perfect Software – Weinberg
Visual Meetings – Sibbet
Blink – Gladwell
Tacit and Explicit Knowledge – Collins
The Secrets of Consulting – Weinberg
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Carnegie
Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Failure is not an Option – Gene Kranz
How to Observe Software Systems – Jerry Weinberg
Made to Stick – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Washington’s Crossing – David Hackett Fischer
Stiff – Mary Roach
The Clean Coder – Bob Martin
Becoming a Change Artist – Jerry Weinberg
Secrets of Consulting – Jerry Weinberg
Crucial Conversations – Kerry Patterson, et al
642 Things to Draw – Chronicle Books
The Signal and the Noise – Silver
The Artist’s Way – Cameron
Thinking, Fast and Slow - Kahneman



Great list @devtotest.

I started a Twitter thread to get some tips too :slight_smile:

Thanks! I’ll have a look at dear evil tester. Don’t make me think is very good.

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Wow, so many!!! Thanks for taking the time to type all of this out. Have you got a top 5 out of those? Id like to take a few on my hols. The visual meetings one has peeked my interest.

Bob Martin has two books with similar titles:
“Clean Code” and “The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers”

Both are very good, different purposes, but overlapping topics.

Reinforcing two already given suggestions:

  • Explore It! by Elisabeth Hendrickson
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow - Kahneman

New suggestions:

  • Antifragile by Taleb
  • A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps by Katrina Clokie
  • Handbook of Usability Testing by Jeffrey Rubin
  • The Art of Unit Testing: with examples in C# by Roy Osherove
  • Specification by Example by Gojko Adzic

Hello @melissafisher!

I find it challenging to pick just five. If I may take some liberty around topics, I picked five for testing and five for social.


  • Specification By Example (someone else suggested this one - changed the way I think about automation and requirements)
  • How Google Tests Software
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • Lessons Learned in Software Testing
  • How to Observe Software Systems


  • Crucial Conversations
  • Visual Meetings
  • The Invisible Gorilla
  • Becoming a Change Artist
  • 7 Habits


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